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Quite a ‘show’

October 18, 2009 - Per Peterson
The non-news story of the year just won’t end.

Richard Heene, of Colorado, the father of the boy who never floated away in some spaceship/balloon device, told reporters early Saturday he would hold a news conference with an announcement later in the morning. But when he emerged from the house and came to microphones, he said only that he was putting a cardboard box outside the door to take written questions. He said he’d answer the questions Saturday evening.

Investigators have determined it was a hoax two weeks in the planning — a marketing ploy by the parents who have been featured on ABC’s “Wife Swap.” The Heenes have reportedly been working on a reality TV deal in Los Angeles, the AP said.

The parents aren’t under arrest, but there will be charges filed against them, and the most serious charges are felonies and carry a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a $500,000 fine. The more the better, I say.

The sheriff said all three of the Heenes’ sons knew of the Thursday hoax, but likely won’t face charges because of their ages. The oldest son is 10. One of the boys told investigators he saw his brother get in the balloon’s box before it launched.

This is one messed up family, and you have to feel sorry the kids of these parents, who apparently can’t get enough attention.

I suppose it is a news story now, since real charges are going to be filed and all, and the parents are going to end up paying. They need something in their lives — therapy comes to mind, but I don’t know if counseling will help. They seem to only care about themselves.

I will give the dad credit for one thing — he didn’t let reporters fluster him during a news conference. Although telling reporters to put their questions in a cardboard box so he could pick and choose which ones he thought would be safe to answer is complete idiocy.

Man up, answer for yourself and speak clearly into the mic, sir. It’s the least you can do.


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