The police may not think that the now famous Balloon Boy incident was a publicity stunt, but other people keep coming out of the woodwork to say otherwise.
The boy's father, Richard Heene, seems to have some enemies (or friends equally as eager to gain some screen time), one of which is coming out fervently stating that this whole mess was probably created for attention.
Scott Stevens used to work with Richard as a "storm chaser" at the Science Detective research group in Fort Collins. Scott says that he believes that Richard intended to send the balloon "aloft", but whether it was " to leave the illusion that there was a boy on board", he isn't sure, but he sure doesn't doubt it.
Scott recalls that Richard often wanted to involve his three young boys in their dangerous storm searches, an urge that ultimately ended the men's friendship:
"I just thought he was beginning to push them into some things that were ethically on the edge. … I knew at some point he would create a situation that would bring attention like he's having right now. I didn't want to be a part of that…The last straw for us was when Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike were heading toward the Texas coastline and Heene wanted to go back there and take the kids," she said Thursday. "Those kids went everywhere with us. We took those kids tornado chasing."
Yikes! Forget the balloon! These kids have to be worried about being sucked up a funnel!
Scott continues to say that Richard is the sort of man that is always "scheming", hoping to get recognition for all his "wonderful ideas." Ultimately, Scott says that Richard "thinks that if he can have this attention on him and share his ideas, he could get something out of it."
Oh, he's going to get something out of this alright: 15 minutes of fame and lifetime of ridicule.
We're starting to firmly believe that this was all a hoax. More and more, we find reasons not to trust these people.
What do U think?