Will the “Heene family hoax” admission ever happen? Was the “Heene family hoax” really a hoax? Will the “Heene family hoax” ever be uncovered by the Heene family? Was it really a hoax?
Six year old Falcon Heene was believed to traverse 2 counties in Colorado in his parents’ experimental make-shift helium balloon. Millions watched in horror as the silver UFO-like creation zipped through Colorado at 25 mph. Speculation of the “Heene family hoax” began when young Falcon Heene told Larry King from CNN that “we did this for the show” when asked why he didn’t respond to people calling his name.
Falcon Heene was not in the balloon. He was in the attic of his garage. Although the situation seems innocent enough – it’s easy to assume the worst when a child is missing – there are a lot of strange “coincidences” that make many believe in the “Heene family hoax” rumors.
The Heenes are not strangers to the spotlight. They were featured on ABC’s “Wife Swap” and took the world by surprise with their strange antics. Richard Heenes awkward actions and violent outbursts prompted me to change the channel when watching the episode on TV.
Falcon Heene’s “we did this for the show” statement further solidified skeptics perception of a possible “Heene family hoax.” Kids don’t usually lie, and they also tell off on you at the very worst moment possible.
After moments of awkward silence after Falcon Heene’s revelation, all his mother said was “No”, shaking her head. Richard Heene has adamantly denied the “Heene family hoax” allegations.
This morning, I woke up expecting to watch a Heene Family press conference. Instead of a press conference, I saw a strangely-manicured Richard Heene meet reporters outside his home. He denied the “Heene family hoax” allegations, and proceeded to place a cardboard box on his doorstep. Reporters are supposed to put their questions in the box.
Okay – what does Richard Heene thinks the world wants to know? We don’t have a million questions for him and his family, we have one, maybe two or three. Is the “balloon boy” incident really a big “Heene family hoax”? What did young Falcon Heene mean when he said “we did this for the show”?
If the “Heene family hoax” is just that – a hoax – think of all the money that was spent looking for Falcon Heene. Will the family be held liable financially for damages incurred if it was a big hoax? Will criminal charges be filed? We will see.
USA Today : “Balloon Boy Family “announcement” Delayed” : http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-10-17-balloon-boy_N.htm