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Balloon Boy: Publicity Stunt Gone Wrong!!!

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Balloon Boy was a hoax!!!!!!!!!!!

25-year-old researcher Robert Thomas was a friend of Richard Heene, and has shared the full story of Heene's publicity stunt gone awry.

The first-person report is the tale of a fame-hungry man who was willing to do anything to catapult himself to A-List celeb status.

Check out the HIGHlights below:

On life after Wife Swap for Heene:

…He wanted nothing more than to get another reality TV series. Richard had an ongoing dialog with someone at ABC who helped produce Wife Swap. Richard was pitching something along the lines of "MythBusters-meets-mad scientist." There would be these esoteric abstract experiments attempting to prove or disprove various theories. My job was to help him prepare a formal proposal.

One of the proposals pitched to ABC/How the weather balloon idea was born:

One night, when Richard and I were sitting and talking, he brought up Wife Swap, and specifically a confrontation he had with a woman on the show who claimed to be a psychic. They very much disliked one other…

And then we delved into the area of UFOs. I was reading a book on witness reports of Roswell at the time, just out of curiousity — I've never concluded whether it really took place or was an elaborate hoax. And Richard said, "How much do you want to bet we could facilitate some sort of a media stunt that would be equally profound as Roswell, and we could do so with nothing more than a weather balloon and some controversy?"

On Heene's growing paranoia:

As the weeks progressed, his theories got more and more extreme and paranoid. A lot of it surrounded 2012, and the possibility of there being an apocalyptic moment. Richard likes to talk a lot about the possibility of the Sun erupting in a large-scale solar flare that wipes out the Earth. It got to the point where he was really pressing me, saying we're running out of time, we're running out of time, the end of the world is coming. And we have to take necessary precautions to make sure that we're not among the majority that's going to be killed.

The holes in Heene's story that Falcon was hiding in the attic of the garage:

Richard's story doesn't add up. He is saying he thought Falcon was in the balloon, and that Falcon ran and hid as a result of Richard yelling at him. I've spent a lot of time with them, and Falcon is, first of all, not afraid of his father. I've never once seen Richard's children afraid of him — and I've definitely never seen Falcon go hide. He was one of the most social of the three children.

Secondly, Falcon supposedly hid in that attic in the garage. I've spent a lot of time in his garage, which has a drill press and various welding tools. It's unorganized and chaotic. There's really not so much an attic as some support beams connected with plywood. Being an adult of average height, I couldn't get up into the attic if I'd wanted to, so I don't know how a six-year-old child could have gotten up there. There's not an easy way to access that overhang. Maybe if I'd lifted that child up into the attic, he might have been able to rest up there, but not comfortably.

On Thomas' A-Ha moment:

My doubts and concerns about that story were verified when Falcon's parents asked him on CNN, "why didn't you come out?" And Falcon said, "you guys said we did this for the show." Lights went off in my head. Bells were ringing; whistles were whistling. I said, "Wow, Richard is using his children as pawns to facilitate a global media hoax that's going to give him enough publicity to temporarily attract A-list celebrity status and hopefully attract a network."


Wow wow wow.

We're stunned!


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51 comments to “Balloon Boy: Publicity Stunt Gone Wrong!!!”

  1. 1

    Any fool could see it was a publicity stunt…..next……

  2. 2

    Holy psychosis, batman!!! This dude is one crazy fuck…and his jacked-up loudmouth wife is no better…poor kids…never had a chance. Then again…these are exactly the type of morons that tend to get their own shows…so they get what they want in the end. It is indeed a sick world in which we live.

  3. 3

    i didn;t think it was a stunt! Maybe i'm not imaginative enough to imagine the depths that some people with go to for fame. Poor child.

  4. 4

    wonder if they will charge him for all the man power that went in to this(the people searching for his son) what a moron!

  5. 5

    …who names their kid, falcon? f'd from the beginning….

  6. 6

    I'm pretty sure it was uncovered as a hoax ON THE DAY it happened…

  7. 7

    this guy is a dickhead .. and you reporting so much on him is giving him exactally what he wants …. clearly a stunt

  8. 8

    It was funny, during the "it was for the show" moment, Heene pretended he was having problems hearing, but you could hear the question being picked up by Heene's microphone from Heene's earpiece…I could see the wheels turning in Heene's head — "…maybe if I pretend that I'm having technical difficulties, I can dodge this question…" Oh my god. It would be funny if it weren't so tragically pathetic.

  9. 9

    I swear the nutjobs that this country produces.

  10. 10

    the father must be really happy tht he has attracted the media on this story…But would he be happy once they decide to take his children away due to him being a crazy lunatic…Is it really worth it?? Sooo Sad.

  11. 11

    I am really surprised by these facts!

    I apologize for calling 95% of the people - who thought it a hoax - guilty of mob rule mentallity.

    I am still not sure what is going on but it should be investigated.

  12. 12

    seems plausible

  13. Merab says – reply to this


    I don´t get why people want that kind of fame and attention .hehe…
    …just don´t getting. It´s so disturbing for yourself and embarrassing. Why would anyone in a world want to be a reality shit star?

    I never heard of anyone from reality crap being famous for any good. Just because of money ( at least some money for some period)? probably…But I see many of them really "enjoy" the experience…Humans are so stupid sometimes.

  14. 14

    Come on people, this isn't brain surgery….
    WE have another John Gosselin on our hands, the only problem with the Heen's is that he doesn't have a wife like Kate….
    Kate would of pulled that stunt off with no problem and all she would of had to do is tell her dumbass husband is to shut up and do as he's told…

  15. 15

    Oh, come on! Is anyone REALLY shocked that this was a hoax? His ass should be charged with inducing panic, AT THE MINIMUM.
    What a douche!

  16. 16

    oh Perez, please stop proclaming "the truth" based on what OTHER attention seekers are saying. The statements you highlighted don't PROVE it was a hoax - but they do indicate the POSSIBILITY of one. Let the police do their job, finish the investigation and let the POLICE make an announcement.

  17. 17

    SOCIOPATH and that family will be better off if he is removed. He needs evaluation and I pray they do that. When this story was happening I could just feel the concern of everyone watching and praying for that little boy that none of us knew. SHAME on Richard and I pray he gets the help he needs. In this media savvy world we are now living in, a few YouTubes and a Wife Swap can tell you a WHOLE lot about a person. :(

  18. 18

    While I do think that this is a hoax, I don't base it on some other greedy, attention seeker's speculation. The guy was paid for his interview.

  19. 19

    Wow! Unbeleivable!!

  20. 20

    I wish you had been in the balloon and it landed in Afghanistan.

  21. 21

    I feel for his kids. Little guy so upset he's reacting physically. To do this for himself is one thing. To use his child to do this is reprehensible.

  22. 22

    Not surprised. As far as this guy goes, do what you like, but don't drag your kids into it. He and Jon Gosselin ought to get together with John Edwards to form the Douchebag of the Century club.

  23. 23

    I'm gonna go out on a limb and surmise that the father dropped acid back in the day.

  24. 24

    the family iz kookee….
    but datz
    attractz me…hehehhehe

  25. 25

    LOL someone was bound to rat them out-THE TRUTH sooner or later. I just think its hilarious the kid was the one telling the truth the whole time that it was all for media attention and the parents were like no no no he's confused..uh noo I thin they're confused more like fucked in the head!

  26. 26

    I think the guy fvcked up and when he tried to cover it, it got waaaay out of hand. This makes me glad I live in a regular city with regular city type people. Except … there is that guy down the street who thinks he's Glen Beck, but he's harmless.

  27. 27

    Thank God this cracy fucker did not kill the 6 year old. When I saw the ballon floating I thought this fucker killed the kid and the ballon was a cover-up. I do believe the reality shows have junmped the shark. Enough is Enough

  28. 28

    PA-THET-IC! What kind of world do we live in where parents are prodding their children to lie for them so that they can score a little fame? Imagine just how fucked up these poor kids are going to be! Why hasn't the state stepped in and REMOVED these children from these ABUSIVE parents?

  29. 29

    I hope he has to pay back all the money that was spent on manpower. What a douche. Dragging his kid into the whole mess was wrong on so many levels. No wonder the poor kid was throwing up. He's gonna be in therapy for a long time. Poor kid.

  30. 30

    Weird. Maybe he and his wife SHOULD be actors..they were pretty convincing. I'm not surprised that people do things like this. We have a society obsessed by "reality" shows that involve a lot of money. It just seems reasonable that a number of people would do anything to try to get a slice of the pie.

  31. 31

    I hope there kids are taken from them- selfish bastards don't deserve to keep them. That wife needs to grow a pair and turn on her abusive, pyschotic "pussified" husband, who knows maybe she can get a book deal out of it :)

  32. 32

    this whole family is full of dumbasses, seriously these fucktards deserve a slap

  33. 33

    i knew it was a hoax from the second i heard there was a boy in a balloon.
    it takes 20,000 BALLOONS TO JUST LIFT ONE MAN.

  34. 34

    What an asshole! I hope that all he gets out of this is to become a social pariah!

  35. 35

    i watched this family on wifeswap, and not only is this guy dumb as a rock his wife is as dumb as broccoli. they're a scary pair.

  36. 36

    Re: SheriMoonFireFly – Hey Sheri-your new pic is HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. SV says – reply to this


    At first I didn't think it was a stunt but then the boy saying on CNN that "it was for the show" and the little boy throwing up on GMA and the dad telling the media to put questions in a a box and the TV shows and the rest of the non sense I see now that is was a hoax and these parents need to be ashamed for doing something this silly

  38. 38

    Jealous, backstabbing friend. He has no idea if this was a hoax or not, he's just mad that whatever publicity came out of it, he wasn't part of it.

  39. 39

    Re: FryLock – I agree with you. Although I have only known two people who have dropped acid a moderate number of times (over 20 times) they have been this type of bizarre. Just ood, irrational thoughts and thinking they have some bizarre insight that the world would be interested in. Freaks.

  40. 40

    Re: highAboveManHttn – OMG the WIFE!! She is so totally pathetic and dumb. I don't watch reality shows but just seeing her on the interview and the home made video….she's like a brain damaged parrot.

  41. 41

    Re: gypsy41 – Same kind of parents that would pimp their kids out on reality TV a la Jon and Khate plus eight. Same kind of parents who would pimp their kids out on "the Mickey Mouse club". It's all the same thing. Loser parents who have accomplished nothing who have kids and dump all their hopes and dreams on their kids and push them into supporting them.

  42. 42

    Perez, how could you be "stunned."?! Is anyone honestly really shocked that this was a publicity stunt?!?

  43. 43

    John Gosselin must be so proud!

  44. 44

    i wonder if he got falcon sick on purpose so he wouldnt talk much, i think they should check balloon boy for drugs, im sure that if the father asked his kids to lie like that, he can do anything else to them

  45. 45

    Re: mallaka
    no shiz, what's taking people so long to realize this???

  46. 46

    Poor Falcon, in that whacked family, he's going to be forever blamed for ratting out Daddy Dearest and costing them millions of dollars and a reality gig! What a bunch of nut jobs the parents are, specially the father!

  47. 47

    2009 has officially become one fuckedd up year. lol

  48. 48

    Re: Edgenet – oh ha ha ha thats funny as shit…its actually been a minute or two since theres been a murder/cover up that was public, like over a month huh? i never even thought he killed the kid n it was a setup…very starsky and hutch of yiu.

  49. 49

    I think this man did what he set out to do…. he got ALL the publicity he wanted & more! People need to really get a life, and care about something more productive!!!!!

  50. 50

    "We're stunned!"
    you would be the only one.

  51. 51

    I this mans a freak but DAMN he's nice lookin'!!!! Ummmmmmmmmm