‘Balloon Boy’ Falcon Heene has gone from possible tragic victim to a possible player in a hoax. Balloon Boy hoax questions are on the rise, and many more suspect a Balloon Boy hoax after the Heene family publicity tour today. Falcon Heene himself raised those suspicions, after an interview where he said his parents “did this for a show.” Now that people have stopped worrying about Falcon Heene, his family – and his father in particular – are starting to feel the public’s suspicions and backlash.
The Falcon Heene hoax questions first exploded onto the surface in a Larry King Live interview, when Larry King asked why he stayed in his attic so long, despite everyone thinking he was in a balloon. Falcon Heene said that his parents “did this for a show” – but that was only the first suspicious thing Heene did on television in the last 12 hours.
Just this morning, Falcon Heene hoax suspicions went up even more, when the young boy threw up after both ABC and the Today Show asked him about his comment on Larry King. Now Richard Heene, the boy’s father, is facing a lot of questions as well.
Heene denied the Balloon Boy hoax charges on CNN, saying that the accusations made him “very appalled.” But the details that came out about Richard Heene yesterday only added to the suspicions.
Heene’s time on Wife Swap and his scientific experiments were well covered during yesterday’s media blitz. Now two former business partners of Richard Heene have told ABC News that he was a publicity hound, who tended to put his kids “in the line of fire” for his experiments, and that he was “always scheming.”
Former “storm chaser” partner Scott Stevens even told ABC News that he believes the balloon launch was planned, and not an accident. Questions also have to be asked of Falcon’s brother, who was the first to claim that Falcon had climbed up into the balloon before it launched.
The Falcon Heene hoax conspiracy theory is starting to hit the mainstream, especially with Falcon’s vomiting and puzzling comments. Though local authorities believed at first that the crisis was legitimate, the recent comments have made them plan to question the Heene family again.
The Falcon Heene drama captured the whole country’s attention for an afternoon, and ran the gamut of fear and relief. Now, it may run the gamut of outrage and turn Richard Heene into the most infamous parent in America, if the hoax theories have any merit. In just 24 hours, the Heenes may have gone from media darlings to the brink of being pariahs, if any more questionable details come out.
TV Guide- “Balloon Boy Vomits Twice on Television During Questioning” www.tvguide.com/News/Balloon-Boy-Vomits-1010940.aspx
WAMC- “Colorado balloon boy’s dad denies saga was a hoax” http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wamc/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1566897/US.News/Colorado.balloon.boy’s.dad.denies.saga.was.a.hoax
ABC News- “Richard Heene’s Second Business Partner: Balloon Dad ‘Always Scheming'” abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/richard-heene-business-partner-balloon-dad-scheming/story