Philip Marshall, 9/11 author, and two children found dead in Calif.

A 6 Feb 2013 report in the Santa Barbara Review discusses the slaying of a 9/11 author Philip Marshal and his two children Alex and Macaila in their home in the "gated community of Forest Meadows", California, east of Sacramento. I have been through this area several times as my Brother-in-Law lived in nearby Pollock Pines.

Philip was just completing his book, “The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror.”

I wonder if the 9/11 Truth Community can help this brave man's family -- do any of us know him? We can also encourage a thorough investigation and fair reporting of the man's death. He was an outspoken member of our world-wide truth-seeking community. The photo in the article shows two beautiful youth with their father Philip.
[quote] Phillip Marshall Wrote About a Conspiracy; Was He the Victim of One?
By Editor on February 6, 2013 in News

A Santa Barbara View Exclusive Report

Former airline pilot Phillip (alternately, “Philip”) Marshall spent a great deal of time around Santa Barbara last year preparing for the release of his controversial 9/11 conspiracy book “The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror.”

During the editing and pre-marketing process of Marshall’s book, he expressed some degree of paranoia because the nonfiction work accused the George W. Bush administration of being in cahoots with the Saudi intelligence community in training the hijackers who died in the planes used in the attacks.

“Think about this,” Marshall said last year in a written statement, “The official version about some ghost (Osama bin Laden) in some cave on the other side of the world defeating our entire military establishment on U.S. soil is absolutely preposterous.”

Marshall went on to say: “The true reason the attack was successful is because of an inside military stand-down and a coordinated training operation that prepared the hijackers to fly heavy commercial airliners. We have dozens of FBI documents to prove that this flight training was conducted California, Florida and Arizona in the 18 months leading up to the attack.”

The veteran pilot confided that he was concerned about his 10-year, independent 9/11 study and most recent book since they pointed to the Saudis and the Bush intelligence community as the executioners of the attack that defeated all U.S. military defenses on Sept. 11, 2001. Marshall said he knew his book might cause some people to take issue with him.

Slaying victims Alex and Macaila Marshall with their father, Phillip Marshall.

However, could last weekend’s killings in the remote, gated community of Forest Meadows outside the tiny town of Murphys be another conspiracy? Although sheriff’s investigators don’t know the motive, they reported that the killings as a double murder and suicide. Marshall was found in his home’s doorway in a pool of blood with a 9mm Glock pistol that he had just showed to a friend two weeks ago.

The Calaveras County coroner is having a toxicology report performed on the blood of Marshall and his children to determine if any drugs are present in their blood streams, which is standard procedure in cases like this. Reports from the county sheriff indicate the children were sleeping when shot. The coroner said Macaila Marshall, 14, and Alex Marshall, 17, were lying 6 feet from each other on separate parts of a large U-shaped sectional couch.

When asked whether it was possible the children were drugged, the coroner said he couldn’t say yet. “That’s a good question,” he said in published reports. “We will be checking tox on everybody. It did appear as though they were sleeping.” The toxicology results and pathologist’s report could be completed within three weeks.

“Cause of death is all going to be single gunshot wound to the head for everybody,” the coroner said. The family dog also was found dead from a gunshot in a bedroom.

Calaveras County officials said conspiracy theories about the deaths are growing on online comment forums below stories about the incident. Many of these stem from Marshall’s involvement with the CIA as a contract pilot in the 1980s and the books he wrote about 9/11.

The children’s mother, Sean Marshall, was traveling on business in Turkey at the time of the killings. The coroner said she is expected to arrive in the area soon to make funeral arrangements.

2008 crime reports indicate friction between Marshall and his spouse. Phillip Marshall was jailed briefly on suspicion of slapping Sean Marshall’s sister, but he was not prosecuted. Last year, Marshall told one of his book editors that he still was disputing custody of his children with his ex-wife, but gladly attended his son’s football games and was quite close with daughter.

However, at that time Marshall was heavily involved with publishing what became his last book.

“After an exhaustive 10-year study of this lethal attack that used Boeing airliners filled with passengers and fellow crew members as guided missiles, I am 100 percent convinced that a covert team of Saudi intelligence agents was the source of logistical, financial and tactical resources that directed essential flight training to the 9/11 hijackers for 18 months before the attack,” Marshall wrote. “This conclusion was determined six years ago and all subsequent evidence has only served to confirm this conclusion.”

On March 1, two former U.S. senators, who headed separate 9/11 federal investigations, also raised the possibility of Saudi involvement in the attacks that killed 3,000 people and spurred the global War on Terror. In sworn statements that seem likely to reignite the debate, former senators Bob Graham and Bob Kerrey, who saw top-secret information on the Saudis’ activities, said they believe that the Saudi government played a direct role in the terrorist attacks.

“I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia,” former Senator Bob Graham said in an affidavit filed as part of a lawsuit brought against the Saudi government and dozens of institutions in the country by families of 9/11 victims and others. Graham headed a 2002 joint congressional inquiry into the attacks and has claimed he was muzzled into silence about his committee’s findings in 2002 by former Vice President Dick Cheney and other top members of the Bush intelligence community.

In his own sworn affidavit, Kerrey said “significant questions remain unanswered” about the role of Saudi institutions. “Evidence relating to the plausible involvement of possible Saudi government agents in the (9/11) attacks has never been fully pursued,” Kerrey said in a March 1, 2012, New York Times article.

The affidavits, which were filed Feb. 24, are part of a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit going through federal courts since 2002. An appellate court, reversing an earlier decision, said in November that foreign nations were not immune to lawsuits under certain terrorism claims, clearing the way for parts of the Saudi case to be reheard in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Last year, Marshall spoke on the national radio broadcast AM Coast to Coast. He said the entire 9/11 episode was “a political stunt to favor the American shadow government that is currently doing business as the U.S. intelligence community.”


Wow, another awful death. Sorry to hear it. Kids . . . and dog, too. I'm pretty sure I heard about this but had no idea who it was. The article is well done, since it's a local paper, it can be reasonable, and not denigrating, as most MSM articles would be.

"Marshall’s involvement with the CIA as a contract pilot in the 1980s"

There was a similar killing-made-to-look-like-a-suicide of an agent and family in Berkeley a couple of years ago --, but people heard a car driving away.

"There is a time when the

"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"

Mario Savio

Some thoughts

A terrible tragedy, especially the children. A full and detailed investigation is required.

My speculation based on the evidence and analysis I have seen to date:

I have a problem with 'the Saudis did it' meme. Obviously there is Saudi involvement just by looking at the known suspect lists. Since those of us here who believe 9/11 was a constructed event that required highest level US MIC involvement, the actions of other nationalities should be seen in the light as 'privateers'. None of this happens w/out US MIC complicity and approval. Various groups and individuals are recruited for specific tasks. We know two of the big motivations for 9/11 are OIL and WORLD HEGEMONY. Saudi oil is the biggest prize in energy and having this meme as a pretext for threatening the Saudis if they don't 'play ball' is handy indeed. There is also clear evidence of Israeli involvement in view of the arrest of 'the dancing Israelis' on 9/11 and other evidence. A Saudi might be recruited under the pretext of resistance to the West, while the recruitment of an Israeli might be to appeal to Israeli/Jewish devotion to the security of Israel. Hell, I'm sure people like Rumsfeld and Cheney think of themselves as super-patriots for looking after long term US interests in energy and 'full spectrum dominance'. Every general knows you're gonna lose some in battle; sometimes sacrifices (3000) must be made for final victory (as they see it). Money is also a motivator and self-justifications might have multiple sources and include fear of harm. I think the planes were likely taken over by remote control as one need not then depend on the zealous commitment of paradoxical personalities like Atta who seems to have had a penchant for gambling, drinking, hookers and blow. I mention this because the article said Marshal had accumulated evidence that the 'hijackers' were better trained in flying than we are led to believe. Maybe so, but one has to absolutely count on them to follow through with their suicide mission: three buildings were set for demolition and the planes HAD to find their target. Ryan Dawson has pointed out that flight 93 was probably intended for WTC 7, not WASH, DC as reported. He calculated that 93 could have been in NY at apprx. 10:45, the same time as both a loud explosion was heard and that a report of the collapse of "a 50 story building" was reported.

Just some thoughts that I think are logical though certainly open to revision. What I am certain of is that the twin towers and WTC 7 were brought down by controlled demolition as pointed out by many professionals and obvious to anyone with a rudimentary understanding of basic Newtonian physics and eyes to see.

I live in Santa Barbara and

I live in Santa Barbara and have friends who graduated from San Marcos High. Never heard of this pilot guy truther, this is trippy.

Marshall was not strong on facts

This is a sad story and I'm sorry for the poor wife.

What I remember of Marshall was his particularly bad and ill-informed review of David Griffin's book The New Pearl Harbor Revisited.

As Aidan Monaghan and I pointed out in the comments, Marshall was way off the mark on some of his main points in the criticism.

Good Memory Kevin

I had forgotten this Amazon matter.

With all due respect to Marshall, his view that the 9/11 attacks were the result of an official conspiracy to train the accused terrorist pilots to fly the 9/11 planes is quite implausible in light of the overwhelming evidence of simultaneous foul play at the WTC and only contributes to the official myth.

And when a mainstream publication fans the flames of "conspiracy" regarding his reported demise, one should wonder in what way they are being mislead. His alleged conspiracy after all seems to be a bullet train to nowhere and the Santa Barbara publication only seems to mislead skeptics in the wrong direction.

I hopefully soon will have a qualified simulator operator verify that the observed final seconds of flight for UA 175 was too precise for human control, as vector triangle and other trigonometry calculations seem to suggest.

For the Record About Marshall

I spoke with him. He stated he and some other pilots flew all four flight paths in their respective simulators, several times. He stated there was no problem flying any of them, though the Pentagon route had to be flown a few times to get it right. Accelerating while coming out of the loop caused the nose to come up, missing the target, and it took some work to get it down, according to Marshall. He said he gathered all radar and flight recorder data to construct the patterns.
That's what Philip told me. In viewing the radar path of AA77, it is noticeably bumpy coming out of the loop, as if the pilot is indeed, having a hard time keeping the nose down.
This is my first post here. Hi all, and I look forward to jumping in from time time.

Some background

This is a horrible episode, and at the same time, bizarre. The report here in the "Santa Barbara View", as quoted by Dr. Jones above is the only article on this incident which contains an element of "fair and balanced". All the others have taken the (sadly predictable) stance of judge, jury and executioner, and have baldly pronounced Marshall as the "crazed guy who killed his kids". Why would the media release such hearsay material when ZERO forensic or ballistic evidence has yet been released? One guess: Marshall was a 9/11 questioner/researcher, and the mainstream media has a 11.5 year track record of trashing the reputation of anyone who questions the authorities on 9/11. Facts be damned, science be damned and truth be damned in this ignominious era of Bush-Obama.

It is 100% clear, to his numerous friends and acquaintances, everyone who worked with him professionally, and everyone who interviewed him, that Marshall was a popular, very solid and dependable character. Marshall was NOT sick, NOT bipolar, he had NO mental illness, and was NOT violent. He was a devoted father and absolutely adored his two beautiful kids. He would even cancel or postpone important business meetings in L.A. to drive 100s of miles to the Sacramento area to be with his son when he played Little League games. There was a minor domestic dispute a few years ago when he allegedly "slapped his wife's sister" - but this is only hearsay, and no charges were ever filed. At the time of his death he was on "very good terms" with his ex-wife and they were even doing business together.

Marshall was an airline captain for 20 years with major carriers, a brilliant airman. His fellow copilots have praised him as the best man to have in the left seat, with the training, calmness, dependability and discipline required in a crisis. He flew seven types of Boeings, from 727s to 767s. At the time of his death he was consulting for the airlines, screening pilots for inappropriate behavior (excess drinking etc). This was very well paid and highly responsible work. He did NOT have financial problems - he was really quite well off. According to those who had been in close contact with him right up until his death, he was happy, he loved life, and was his usual jovial self. He was NOT depressed, (as some who did not know him) have alleged. His friends, neighbors and colleagues have universally said that he was a great guy, an upstanding member of the community and a good neighbor. To accuse him of carrying a cold blooded, execution style double murder-suicide is 100% out of pattern with his character.

The neighborhood's topography is such that the sharp sound of a tee shot on the local golf course carries a long distance in calm weather, and weather conditions when the shooting happened were calm. Four gunshots with a Glock in calm weather would have been heard all over the neighborhood - there are many houses within earshot - and at the time of this writing, not a single person has yet reported anything during the time span when the shooting happened, ie between Thursday January 31 and Saturday, February 2. There is a likelihood is that the gun was fitted with a silencer/suppressor (which are illegal in California) and since all the killings were a single bullet to the head - execution style - logic suggests that this was a hit. His dog was also executed, perhaps to prevent its barking raising the alarm. The killing of the dog raises other questions - the dog knew his master (Marshall) but it would not have known the killer(s). A stranger who was not acquainted with the dog would have likely caused a commotion - a barking frenzy.

It is worth mentioning that in the 1980s while Marshall was a young man in his 20s, he worked alongside some exceptionally unsavory characters - as the private pilot for CIA drug runner Barry Seal during the period when the agency was importing massive quantities of cocaine from S. and Central America for distribution (as crack) in America's inner cities. Iran Contra terror kingpin Col. Oliver North was a major player in this national debacle. Investigative journalist Gary Webb exposed the scandal in the San Jose Mercury, and also paid for his public service with his life by being shot twice in the head, also execution style. On this occasion as well, his execution was reported as a "suicide" (two shots to the head?)....... ?/!! Back then, Marshall was offered the work while unemployed and did what most of us would have done - he took on this highly lucrative work, which was paid in cash. He was instructed to show up at X airstrip at a certain time, and fly to Y, and no questions asked. However, this work happened nearly 30 years ago and it is presumably a stretch that his killing was related to events such a long time back.

His area of research re. 9/11 was on the Saudi Arabian connection. As regards the Twin Towers, he was skeptical of the controlled demolition hypothesis, but he readily admitted that it was not his area of expertise. In fact, during September 2011 on the 10th anniversary commemoration of the attack while at Ground Zero, he admitted being "most perplexed" at the demise of WTC Building 7, so he was likely modifying his view on the Towers' destruction. It is possible he may have ruffled some Saudi feathers, but if his and his kids' execution was a Saudi hit, then why would our authorities (FBI etc.) and the media censor the facts to protect foreign agents at the expense of three innocent Americans?

Many others who have researched 9/11 have also met violent/suspicious deaths, or lost their careers, such as the redoubtable Professor S. Jones who started this thread. There was NO MOTIVATION for Marshall to kill the two kids he doted over, yet there were a number of people who clearly wanted him out of the picture, including rogue elements within our own power structure. Similarly with 9/11, the motivation was clearly on the part of those who made out like bandits in the (pre-planned) responses to that attack.

In the 2013 NDAA, Congress and Obama authorized the arbitrary targeted assassination of any American citizen, without reason, cause, justification, or without conducting a trial, on the grounds of "fighting terrorism", be it real or imaginary (mostly the latter). When psychopaths reach positions of power (which sadly seems to be all too common these days), anyone is fair game... and all they have to do, if they want to terminate a person, is to fabricate a link to "al Qaeda", and the victim is either murdered by the state, or forever tarred, with no way of clearing his/her name. As I mentioned in another thread: We're all al Qaeda now.

Yes, and keep this in mind:

He was found in the entrance hallway of his home. The home's "doorway", as described by the Santa Barbara View.

If you were going to kill yourself, after having killed your dog and your children, would you then shoot yourself in the front entrance of your home?

Subjective Info

Subjective info isn't always the best, but how many people do you know that committed suicide. I know of two from one family a father and a son. The father preceded his son in death by a couple of years. In what is often called the "Hemingway Effect," the son later shot himself complaining of only bad grades at Georgia Tech. I don't think hallways were involved in either case, that is not really practical.

Thank you all for comments and expressions of sympathy

for Marshall's wife and family.

Yes, many have been subjected to job loss and/or character (and other) assassination for speaking out regarding the facts of 9/11. We do well to stand together in the face of such attacks.

Thank you bloggulator - consistent with your background information, I received an email today from someone who knew Phil; and I quote:

Even though I disagreed with Phil on several issues, he was open and listened. Everyone I know that knew him is skeptical of the initial news reports. Responsible reporting would have been "3 found murdered", not referring to this as a murder suicide right off the bat. Another friend of ours hung out and went fishing with him just a week before and said he was in great spirits. He knew a lot of people, was well liked, a solid guy, great sense of humor, loved his kids. A pilot friend said Phil is the guy you want next to you in an emergency. He canceled an interview in order to go to his kid's game. This whole thing is most disturbing.[/quote]


Agree, but with one caveat. "Responsible" journalism would have been: "3 found dead," or "3 found slain," something like that.

Captain Phillip Marshall has

Captain Phillip Marshall has been accused of killing himself, son, and daughter. He had no motive to kill himself or his children. He was an airline pilot who passed all background and mental fitness checks. There were no witnesses to the murder, making a "suicide" easy to set up by putting his dead fingers on the gun. No suicide note. No warnings. No preparations for death. No drugs or alcohol. An intruder would shoot the dog to stop it from barking while he escapes. But a man about to kill himself would not care about the barking. Phllip was a dedicated father who loved his children. Lifelong friends suspect it was a hit. Very suspicious. We need a full investigation.

First, The wind just got


The wind just got knocked out of me seeing this picture. Just when I thought all the tears and anger were gone. I swear to God someday there will be justice and accountability for all of the innocent men, women, children and (yes) animals who've been murdered to keep the Big Lie quiet. Be it this life or future lives.


I ordered the book a week ago and it just came today. While looking at the footnote/bibliography page toward the back, Marshall has a really interesting chapter on Porter Goss. There's a picture in the book of him allegedly sitting between Barry Seal and David Sanchez Morales at a table of "Special Activities" killers and spooks and mafia. Is it him? Difficult to say. The timeline Marshall lays for Goss being an Intelligence "sleeper within Congress" is hard to ignore. One doesn't need a physical picture to consider him a major part of this drama. Below is all from from pg. 154 of "Bambooze".

"1997 when Chairman Cheney's Project for a new American Century was formulating....Congressman Goss took over as chair of the House Intelligence Committee. As for the Congressional Joint Inquiry.."we have seen that Senator Bob Graham was the co -chair from the Senate, but the co chair from the house was less visable. His name : Congressman Porter Goss. Perhaps this provides the mysterious source from where all the false intelligence about Osama bin Laden originated? Perhaps this is how KSM was identified in the Inquiry's report as the 9/11 mastermind without a shred of verifiable evidence?

"Porter Goss has become a legendary figure in the "special" dark side of American history. As a reward for his efforts, he was named by President GWB to be the 1st Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the last Director of Central Intelligence. This appointment came after Goss co-sponsored the USA Patriot Act..."

I get that Mr. Marshall support of parts of the OCT are troublesome (as pointed out in the above thread), but his Chapter on "Operation 40" and the direct line of Goss as a well placed mole in (my word, not Marshall's) is very intriguing and worthy of further research and investigation.

Wayne Madsen “100% certain”: 9/11 author was killed in black ops

After a week-long on-site investigation, former National Security Agency officer Wayne Madsen is “100% certain” that 9/11 investigator and author Philip Marshall and his two children were killed in a black ops hit. Madsen’s conclusion is that the cover story – an alleged murder-suicide – is transparently absurd.

Interesting investigation by Madsen.

Nice to have the interview transcribed.

Too bad some of the comments on that site come from somewhere below the level of morons. And the site does nothing to edit or moderate. One poster thinks it's all a "Jew" conspiracy to frame white, gun-lovin' Americans. WTF. How stupid can stupid get?

Encourage Calveras County Sheriffs to remember Hunter Thompson

In 2005, the Aspen Colorado Sheriff's office quickly determined that famous author Hunter S. Thompson, who was working on an article about 9/11, committed "suicide" - with no motive, suicide note, warning, or witnesses.

Please encourage Sheriff Gary Kuntz of Calveras County to do a full investigation, including the consideration of murder and "suicide" staged setup.

Thompson Murdered, imo

This case has all the characteristics of a staged "suicide."
* No witnesses.
* No specific suicide note on the spot of the death.
"Football season is over" is not sufficient. I just means it is time Baseball.
* Telling his Canadian friend he fears he will be "suicided"
* He made enemies with powerful, ruthless people
* He was on good relations with his wife, Anita, a cute young blonde, with no problems, and did not even say good bye?
* He was in the midst of projects he felt passionate about
For example: 9/11, White House "reporter" Jeff Gannon scandal, ESPN
* He was in good financial shape, no problems
* The last word he typed was "counselor", indicating he was in the middle of writing
* Broken leg, but still relatively healthy, with no terminal illness
At least not serious enough to kill himself

Hunter S. Thompson was allegedly close friends with both Sean Penn and Johnny Depp. If these 2 would publicly speak out about him being 'suicided' (and his 9/11 beliefs, including the article that likely triggered his demise -- literally -- it would be helpful.)

John Wells Discusses Philip Marshall Coast To Coast AM - Feb 9 2

Coast To Coast AM - Feb 9 2013 - The Shift Age - C2CAM

Wayne Madsen on Marshall Family Murder

daniel hopsickers site has this

the deaths are very sad

my opinion is that its best not to jump to conclusions

More like Murder...

Looking more and more like murder...

This is from Santa Barbara View...

"The pathology and toxicology reports regarding the early February deaths of former airline pilot Phillip Marshall and his teen son and daughter reportedly are held up in a backlog in a Sacramento crime lab. However, published reports point to such notions as a twice-sanitized crime scene and the puzzling description of a right-handed man who shot a dog and his two children and then himself in the left side of his head.

Marshall was right handed, as seen in as-yet unreleased documentary films. His home in the security gate-entry Forest Meadows subdivision was surrounded by some 300 houses where four gunshots would have been heard by many of the residents there, according to at least one of those who has lived in the community for a decade."

Marshall Was Working On A New Book

"Philip was just completing his book, “The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror.”"

"The Big Bamboozle" had been published for a year. He was mysterious about the new book, but hinted that it went deeper into the CIA link to training the 911 pilots. He had many contacts on the "inside" due to his piloting for Barry Seal. Many believe if he was murdered (suspicious but not established), it was because of the new book. There is no trace of any manuscript or word of what happened to his computer. Maybe he was on to something?