Was The Balloon Boy Fiasco All A Scam?

October 16th, 2009 // 3 Comments

Could this all have been a publicity stunt? Not very likely, but the boy, Falcon Heene and his former Wife Swap-ing parents are now under scrutiny.

The boy who was thought to have been riding in a balloon that got loose, created a major news story when he wasn’t found in the balloon. A massive search was launched. It turns out that Falcon, was hiding in a box in the attic of his garage, thinking that he would be in trouble.

What’s created the new media stir is CNN’s Wolf Blitzer’s interview with the family. (Check out the clip after the jump.)

After young Falcon admitted to hearing his parents call his name while he hid in the attic, he was asked why he didn’t come out. His response?

“You guys said that we did this for a show.”

That’s what has gotten people talking. As Blitzer attempted a follow-up question later in the interview, the newsman was scolded by Falcon’s father, Richard Heene.

Following Larry King Live, Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden told reporters, “It has raised some questions. Our personnel who were dealing with the family all day are convinced this is a legitimate incident and this is not a hoax.”

Richard Heene himself disputed he masterminded any warped publicity stunt to a local news crew. “The media had asked the sheriff’s department these questions about this publicity stunt crap. And everything that I went through, everything my wife has gone through, I just find that just disgusting,” he huffed.

Launch the gallery to check out the photos of Falcon Heene mugging for the camera.


By Miu von Furstenberg
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  1. mike

    This Dad and Mom just saw a hole is the sad, pathetic reality TV world with the pending cancellation of ” John and Kate + 8″ and they thought they could fill the void.

    This is SUCH a scam and they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, the children and their environment should be investigated and the good people of Colorado should shun these people.

    This guy is not a scientist, he is a pathetic man who existence centers around his C level fame. Just watch him on Wife Swap and you will see.

    This is yet another sad example of the trajectory of America. Fame = money = happiness. Go get a real degree is science and give you kids something to look-up to.

  2. scammy

    Hear, hear mike!

  3. Bulldawg Durham

    It seems to me if this were a real incident, one would call the police (911) immediately not 20 minutes after the boy has possibly flown away in the family balloon. I am not buying this families story. I would be curious to see how much money the family profits from this stunt.

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