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Balloon Mom Admits Hoax

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 5:26 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The balloon boy’s mother has reportedly admitted that the whole thing was a hoax:

“The mother of the 6-year-old Fort Collins boy believed to have been trapped in an airborne balloon later admitted to authorities that the incident was a hoax she and her husband had planned two weeks in advance.
The mother said the hoax was designed to make the family more marketable for future media interest, including television reality shows. She also said the flying saucer-shaped balloon had been made specifically for the hoax.

She said she told her three children to lie to authorities as well as the media.”

The cruelest part of their hoax is what this will do to their children.


18 Responses to “Balloon Mom Admits Hoax”

  1. I certainly hope they continue to keep Mr. and Mrs. Heene separated. Apparently there was a 911 call placed last year for domestic violence and I’ve read in several places that Mr. Heene was known for having a short fuse. Surely this confession on her part isn’t going to make him terribly happy.

    As always, when parents make stupid, self-centered decisions, it is the children that pay the highest price.

    Dana (863a65)

  2. Given the history of this family chasing storms– and their 15 minutes of fame– it seems the inevitable end was to have it all come crashing down to earth. Here’s hoping the authorities sort it all out for the kid’s sake… and tally up the costs to state and local services to be billed back to the family.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  3. As always, when parents make stupid, self-centered decisions, it is the children that pay the highest price.

    Comment by Dana — 10/23/2009 @ 5:39 pm

    Always, and in a major way. More minorly, keep thinking of poor Falcon throwing up on TV twice. Upset over being asked to lie or perhaps more fearing his dad’s major temper later over any more true answers he might give?

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  4. Greetings (copied from another thread):

    Why waste your time asking for dcsca for any clarification?

    You know it will not address your points. Because it has no point.

    You know you can never change its mind. Because it has no mind.

    Sad little troll comes here to garner attention, and probably gets paid by the post. Every time it repeats the leftist meme du jour.

    I’ve dealt with its type before. Best to ignore it, because it feeds on the attention.

    And, while I realize that our host is loath to ban anyone except for “good cause”, I would submit that he ban it post haste. It has been banned in the past, it adds nothing to the discussion. I am confident that it will only be a matter of time until it “steps over the line again”.

    I am a defender of free speech when the speech has some merit. But its speech is empty speech. It is like a little child begging for attention by being an obnoxious ass. Its speech is empty, its speech has no value, its speech is only to provoke a reaction. Hell, its speech has devolved to the point of lacking even humor value.

    You will never get an answer from it.

    You are trying to educate the uneducable. You are debating the undebatable. You would have better luck trying to teach a pig to sing, and you know what they say about that.

    There is a theory, know as “Invincible Ignorance”. The theory is bascially that “the person in question simply refuses to believe the argument, ignoring any evidence given. It’s not so much a fallacious tactic in argument as it is a refusal to argue”. If we had a picture of the commenter, it would have appeared next to this quote.


    Since the commenter has shown the unwillingness to debate in good faith and directly answer questions directly posed to it, its postings are unworthy of attention. Therefore, I propose that it simply be banned.

    That is my opinion, and I hope that Mr. P. gives it the attention the opinion is due.

    Dr. K (adb7ba)

  5. These are the kinds of people that volunteer to be on stupid reality tv shows.

    JD (61528e)

  6. I like them. They’re very… original, how they are. I bet for sure they’re not Lutherans.

    happyfeet (f62c43)

  7. They’re self-centered liars who care far, far less about their children than they do about themselves. And they’re desperate attention whores.

    Dana (863a65)

  8. I’m wondering if the kids are going to be safe with these dimwit parents. And I hope the state/county/city get back every penny spent on this idiotic episode.

    And perhaps mom and dad deserve some time in the cooler.

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  9. Postmodern prospectors.

    happyfeet (f62c43)

  10. I think I hate people who confess more than I hate rats (informers).

    nk (df76d4)

  11. I think I hate people who confess more than I hate rats (informers).

    Comment by nk — 10/23/2009 @ 6:51 pm

    OK, now that you’ve piqued our curiosity as to why…

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  12. Makes my job harder. :)

    nk (df76d4)

  13. Seriously, “carry your own water”. Why do you need the rest of the world to know to what extent you have not met its standards?

    nk (df76d4)

  14. I don’t think anyone got hurt. Sometimes people just make hoaxy big silver balloons and let them fly away and then sort of suggest oops I think maybe our little boy might could be up there ohnoes ohnoes ohnoes oh wait no here he is he was in the attic the whole time, lil scamp.

    It doesn’t mean they’re bad people.

    happyfeet (f62c43)

  15. Besides the harm to children taught that it’s just fine to lie to anyone and everyone if you want something, I kinda want to know how many other 911 calls went delayed-answer while the fake one got attention. And if the lack of the helicopter meant anyone else went unserved during the several hours they were looking for a boy in an empty balloon because the parents wanted attention.

    This is not to mention the previous putting of children in storms’ way cause, you know, it’d be exciting.

    Much as I respect happyfeet must disagree: I do think the parents are bad people.

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  16. Any truth to the rumor that the trial balloon had “single payer health insurance” written on the side?

    Californio (4a94c5)

  17. The heinous Heenes are simply a postmodern version of show biz parents pimping out their children. There’s a very long, and very disgusting history of this running all the way from Shirley Temple to Roman Polanski

    David Ehrenstein (2550d9)

  18. Note the use of language: Single-payer health insurance. That’s code for nationalized health system.

    Samuel Adams once said, “How strangely will the tools of a tyrant pervert the plain meaning of words.”

    ropelight (91c668)

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