Balloon Boy story confirmed a hoax

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 18, 2009 1:52 pm

A few days ago, the world watched with bated breath as six-year-old Fort Collins Colorado resident Falcon Heene floated away in his parents’ man-made experimental balloon. For hours we presumed the worst. Then, suddenly, the child emerged safe…not in the balloon, but in the family’s attic, never having stepped into the balloon at all.

There has been debate over whether or not this whole debacle was staged. When asked why he didn’t come out of the attic, Falcon told his parents, “You guys said we did this for the show”. That comment made people’s ears perk up. 

The only one besides the family who seemed to vehemently deny the hoax was the Sheriff of Larimer County, Colorado, Jim Alderden. Well, now Sheriff Alderden has confirmed that yes, this whole thing was indeed staged—and he thought so the whole time.

Alderden and other authorities needed time to look closer look at the evidence, the family’s history, and the circumstances of the day before announcing that “it was a publicity stunt” by the family in hopes of “better marketing themselves for a reality television show at some point in the future.” They purposefully misled the media for the last couple days, making it seem as if authorities denied any fishy play. They couldn’t admit they thought it was a hoax until they’d gathered all their evidence. 

Now that both the world and the authorities think the whole thing was put on, it is likely the Heene family faces charges of  conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and attempting to influence a public servant, in addition to filing a false police report, which is a misdemeanor.

Reality TV has just reached a new level.