The family of the six-year-old boy who was allegedly trapped in a runaway hot air balloon Thursday has previously posted videos on YouTube that depict a fake terror attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Heene family father Richard, has used the online identity “The Psyience Detectives,” to post videos in the past, including one from January 2008 which depicts an alleged terror attack on the U.S. Capitol. A description filed with the video describes it as only “An under-budgeted Iraqi terrorist group posing as a defensive driving school failed at launching missiles at the United States Capitol.” It shows smoke coming out of a car that appears to be near the U.S. Capitol, accompanied by the sound of rockets or missiles swooshing through the air. Meanwhile, a man is saying “What the f*** is that? What the f***? Whoa. What the f***? Jesus Christ. What’s going on?”
The video is tagged “parody spoof prank” and posted under the label “comedy.”
The Colorado Heene family notified authorities Thursday that they believed their son, Falcon, had climbed into a helium balloon made by father Richard Heene, and taken flight. As the country watched the boy seem to float away, Colorado rescue workers brought the balloon down to safety, only to discover later on that the boy was hiding in an attic over the family’s garage.
As Raw Story reported early Friday, Heene’s son, Falcon, got sick Friday morning while answering questions on two morning shows.
The Heene family’s “balloon saga” has drawn new attention after the child remarked to his father in one interview with CNN Thursday, “You had said we did this for a show,” a comment his father quickly disavowed.
After being questioned about the comment, Falcon said he felt sick during an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer. He was then led offstage.
In an interview with Good Morning America Friday, the local sheriff said that filing a false report — if the family knew that the child wasn’t aboard the balloon — could be a misdemeanor offense.
“Now I’m starting to get a little ticked off,” Heene retorted. “What do I have to gain about this. I’m not selling anything. I’m not advertising anything.”
Archived internet screen shots show Heene, under the name Psyience Detectives, has previously tried to sell a series of videos called “Fake or Real” on the internet. In another “Fake or Real” clip posted on Youtube he says he believes John F. Kennedy Jr. faked his own death and whether Hillary Clinton is a reptile.
In addition, TMZ reported Friday afternoon that the Heene family, which has appeared on the reality show “Wife Swap,” has been lobbying production companies and networks including TLC to create a reality show series about their lives.
Larimer County Sheriff Alderden said during a Friday afternoon press conference that he believed Heene family members were sincere in their requests for help. He noted, however, that Richard Heene called the FAA, then the local television station—apparently thinking they had a helicopter in the air nearby—and 911 about 20 minutes later. Alderden said he plans to re-interview family members after the child’s comments on television.
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