Airplanes flown at children on deadbeat dad Mark Sanford's deadly South Carolina plantation: Wonkette

Wonkette's Kaili Joy Gray obtained the family court hearing transcript that includes details about the divorce between South Carolina Representative Mark Sanford (R) and his ex-wife, Jenny.


According to Gray, the 79-page transcript details how Sanford attempted to avoid paying college tuition for his son, Marshall, claiming that "I'm renowned for being cheap. I want you to keep in mind again, how [Jenny] knows I'm cheap. Anybody out there knows I'm cheap." When Jenny attempted to collect tuition money, he claimed to be "really squeezed for cash" after losing his job as governor of South Carolina.

The court documents acquired by Wonkette also shed light on some of the more bizarre details of the Sanford's divorce settlement -- foremost among them, that "the parties agree that...no airplanes will be flown at children." Jenny's attorney, Deena S. McRackan, had her describe an photograph taken at the Coosaw air strip.

"This is a game of chicken on the Coosaw air strip," she said. "And it is Mark Sanford with a pack of children. And the plane is a Mooney. They fly 175 to 200 miles per hour and they fly straight at the children. And the game is to see who can stand up the longest."

As Gray noted, "the plane flown at children was no toy plane. It was an actual plane, owned and operated by John, another member of the Sanford clan, whom Mark described as the 'crazy cousin with an airplane.'"

Sanford objected to that photograph being shown during the hearing, because "the picture that was shown, was the plane was going at the people. The plane was at the people -- he was flying certainly low level, but he was flying in front of the dock and off, across the river and the boys loved it."

Jenny agreed, noting that "it is a place where the boys have great fun. Four year olds have guns. Children ride around in four wheelers with no helments, and motorcycles...and I could never do anything about it when married. It would make me cry and pray that my children would live. And when we got divorced, it was very important to me that I end that game going forward for all my children because I want my children to live."

Another revelation was that after a second child drowned in the pool at Coosaw Plantation, Sanford's brother Billy told the family that he had accidentally allowed liability insurance on the property to lapse. "I had every expectation that we would have had liability insurance. It turns out the week — one week prior to this horrific and very sad incident at the farm, my brother let it lapse, unbeknownst to any of the other siblings," Sanford said.

Jenny was concerned that after the divorce, as a part-owner, she would be liable for that death, or for any future ones. As all of the financial burden of raising the children was on her, she wanted "to make sure that if there is any liability that arises from activities there, that nothing can come back after me and the assets that I have for me and my children, or in any way harm my ability to raise those children sufficiently going forward."