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Affidavit: Mom told deputies balloon saga was hoax
AP via Google ^ | October 23rd 2009 | DAN ELLIOTT (AP) Oct 24th

Posted on 10/23/2009 4:53:28 PM PDT by Cardhu

DENVER — The mother of the 6-year-old boy once feared missing inside a runaway helium balloon admitted the whole saga was a hoax, according to court documents released Friday.

Mayumi Heene told sheriff's deputies that she and her husband Richard "knew all along that Falcon was hiding in the residence" in Fort Collins, according to an affidavit used to get a search warrant for the home.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: balloon; colorado; falconheene; fortcollins; hoax; larimercounty; mayumiheene; richardheene
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It is going to be tough for the father to continue his story.
1 posted on 10/23/2009 4:53:28 PM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu

The two of them have mental problems. I hope they get the help they need. I keep saying at least they didn’t put Falcon in there for their stunt. That would have been murderous neglect.


2 posted on 10/23/2009 4:54:45 PM PDT by deannadurbin
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To: Cardhu
It is going to be tough for the father to continue his story.

He'll still be appalled. He'll just be appalled that his wife ratted him out.

3 posted on 10/23/2009 4:55:51 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: Cardhu

It would make them more marketable? hahah. tell their kids to lie! but then, they are descended from aliens, she said. maybe they have different core beliefs.


4 posted on 10/23/2009 4:56:34 PM PDT by bboop (Tar and feathers -- good back then, good now)
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To: deannadurbin

They are a matched set. I hope the kids get some help.


5 posted on 10/23/2009 4:57:43 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: South40

His lawyer is saying she does not speak much English and did she confess while under arrest? You have to clutch at straws when the perps start to confess.


6 posted on 10/23/2009 4:59:23 PM PDT by Cardhu (Be happy, today you will be the youngest you will ever be.)
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To: Cardhu

Who is writing the rescue bill?


7 posted on 10/23/2009 5:00:22 PM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weapons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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To: Cardhu

She had command of the language. What bunk!


8 posted on 10/23/2009 5:02:12 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: Cardhu

the public figured it out before law enforcement.


9 posted on 10/23/2009 5:02:36 PM PDT by ken21 (i am not voting for a rino-progressive.)
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To: ken21

Obviously. Law enforcement is known for tracking things down when they don’t suspect anything.

Wake up, FRiend. The cops have to go on more than just common sense in building a prosecution. There would be no confession unless the cops were pursuing it...


10 posted on 10/23/2009 5:11:42 PM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: ken21

Law enforcement figured it out the same time the public did. The sheriff later admitted they had misled the media about that to make it easier to investigate the family. Seems Papa Heene was very helpful while he thought police still believed him. During the period while the Sheriff was still indicating he didn’t think it was a hoax, they lured Papa down to the station and then went into the house to execute a search warrant and try to persuade Mama to go to a safe house with the kids.


11 posted on 10/23/2009 5:12:42 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Looks like trouble in Paradise...They each have their own Attorney. She’s cooperating and he is defiant.

She had been previously been encouraged to consider shelter... Next Reality Show: Divorce Court.


12 posted on 10/23/2009 5:36:17 PM PDT by theyreallthesame
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To: theyreallthesame

I hope the kids have a court-appointed lawyer of their own.


13 posted on 10/23/2009 5:40:43 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: pgyanke

“The cops have to go on more than just common sense in building a prosecution.:

Law enforcement sucks. And that’s because the people involved in it suck....


14 posted on 10/23/2009 5:41:14 PM PDT by babygene
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To: babygene
Law enforcement sucks. And that’s because the people involved in it suck....

As the wife of a LEO who takes his oath to enforce the Constitution seriously, I take exception to your statement. Of course there are bad cops. There are bad everything. But I think these guys understood the mentality of the nut they had had on their hands and led him down the primrose path to his own demise. At least I hope so for the sake of his wife and kids.

15 posted on 10/23/2009 6:17:57 PM PDT by lovesdogs (10/21/09 - 1075 days left until obama is toast/375 until midterms.)
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To: Cardhu
It is going to be tough for the father to continue his story.

Not if the DNC lines up behind him.

16 posted on 10/23/2009 6:21:08 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government -- Thomas Payne)
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To: Cardhu
Back a few months ago on FR there was a great post depicting a “Attention Whore” ... this is what we have in with this despicable couple in Fort Collins, CO ... two of them.
17 posted on 10/23/2009 6:21:43 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: South40

Lol

yeah dat.


18 posted on 10/23/2009 6:22:53 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: deannadurbin

...at least they didn’t put Falcon in there for their stunt.

&&&
If they had put that kid in there, there is no way that balloon could have gone up into the air.


19 posted on 10/23/2009 6:29:52 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: lovesdogs

Tell it, sister! Most cops are great guys. I get so sick of the small crowd here on FR that likes to jump on them. Makes me wonder what their problem is.


20 posted on 10/23/2009 6:32:52 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
The sheriff later admitted they had misled the media about that to make it easier to investigate the family.

Sounds like revisionist damage-control from the Sheriff to me... "I knew it all along, I just pretended I was dumb." Uh, yeah.

21 posted on 10/23/2009 6:42:57 PM PDT by Sloth (For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of the International Olympic Committee.)
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To: Sloth

Their actions during that time period were consistent with what he said. I really doubt the Sheriff is a moron, and it was apparently pretty obvious to everyone who saw the first media interview that the parents were lying and the kids were nervous and confused about what they were supposed to say.


22 posted on 10/23/2009 6:44:35 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GovernmentShrinker
...they lured Papa down to the station and then went into the house to execute a search warrant and try to persuade Mama to go to a safe house with the kids.

It does seems that she and the children should be in some sort of safe house right now. Here are the remarks of a prior collaborator:

...Barbara Slusser, a friend and fellow storm chaser, said she stopped collaborating with Mr Heane because he kept bringing his young children on expeditions, even one into the eye of Hurricane Gustav.

She said he had an “explosive” personality, once trying to stuff toilet paper down her throat during an argument.

Mr Heene said on Sunday the saga has become “convoluted”.

23 posted on 10/23/2009 6:44:42 PM PDT by Cardhu (Be happy, today you will be the youngest you will ever be.)
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To: Cardhu

...shoulda gone with the 'Jiffy Pop' defense. :o)

24 posted on 10/23/2009 6:45:07 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Bigg Red

Sorry, but I know lots of cops and NONE of them are good guys. I am NOT friends with any of them and wouldn’t trust anything any of them said, even under oath.

That said, the cops are right about this fruitcake family.


25 posted on 10/23/2009 6:48:11 PM PDT by packrat35 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.- M Thatcher)
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To: Cardhu

How did they expect it to end? They had to know the balloon would be followed to the ground, what was step two?

Step 1 - Fake boy in balloon story
Step 2 -
Step 3 - Profit.


26 posted on 10/23/2009 6:51:11 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: deannadurbin

What? I don’t “hope they get the help they need”. The parents aren’t sick. The dad’s a sociopath, not a victim. And the network was in it from the inception and should be threatened with loss of its broadcast license.


27 posted on 10/23/2009 6:52:45 PM PDT by Havisham
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To: Candor7
Who is writing the rescue bill?

Reid. The Senate has voted to bail them out.

28 posted on 10/23/2009 6:57:45 PM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: Cardhu

Pure South Park. They out South Parked South Park.


29 posted on 10/23/2009 7:10:01 PM PDT by kinghorse
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And by that I mean South Park is going to have a hard time parodying this. It’s already got all the elements of parody in reality.


30 posted on 10/23/2009 7:13:35 PM PDT by kinghorse
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To: Bigg Red

They are here to disrupt and trivialize and divert.


31 posted on 10/23/2009 7:17:11 PM PDT by donna (I never really had roots in any one place or culture or ethnic group. - President Obama)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

awesome!


32 posted on 10/23/2009 7:20:21 PM PDT by genetic homophobe (They hate Sarah because she lovingly carries a failed abortion on her hip.)
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To: Bigg Red

Their problem may be that they’ve run into more than a few who aren’t good guys. Cops are like any other group of humans. People use the same excuse not to go to church. They say folks there are “hypocrits”. They’re right...about a lot of them. Doesn’t mean they shouldn’t go to church, add to the “non hypocrit” population there. Same with cops. They lie, cheat, steal, and abuse their power....some of them. Doesn’t mean we don’t need good “men” to be cops (quotes for PC). One thing’s for sure, we have plenty of cops. And here in TN, they’re very poorly trained. That’s a shame, because they don’t know how to drive (or safely make traffic stops), which sets a bad example for our young’ns, and it gets them killed regularly. Poor training is a real disservice to cops and their families, more than it is to us civvies.


33 posted on 10/23/2009 7:30:15 PM PDT by genetic homophobe (They hate Sarah because she lovingly carries a failed abortion on her hip.)
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To: deannadurbin

Mental problems my foot! These two need to be slapped around for a good five minutes and have some sense knocked into them! It’d save the taxpayers a load a time and money.


34 posted on 10/23/2009 7:35:41 PM PDT by JoeMac ("Dats all I can stands 'cuz I can't stands no more!'' Popeye The SailorMan)
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To: packrat35

Dude, you’ve got issues. Where would any of us be without the ‘’thin blue line’’? Two of my cousins are police officers and I’m proud of them.


35 posted on 10/23/2009 7:39:12 PM PDT by JoeMac ("Dats all I can stands 'cuz I can't stands no more!'' Popeye The SailorMan)
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To: lilycicero

OY


36 posted on 10/23/2009 7:39:46 PM PDT by Girlene (Shoulda stuck with the ballon animals)
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To: packrat35

Dude, you’ve got issues. Where would any of us be without the ‘’thin blue line’’? Two of my cousins are police officers and I’m proud of them.


37 posted on 10/23/2009 7:41:22 PM PDT by JoeMac ("Dats all I can stands 'cuz I can't stands no more!'' Popeye The SailorMan)
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To: Sloth

I don’t really know what he was doing, but I know it got my attention when he said soon after the event that they were very convinced from the family’s behavior (later thought to be acting) that it was not a hoax. At the time I said to myself, “Why doesn’t he just shut up and describe it as an ongoing investigation?”

So he is either stupid or clever, lol.


38 posted on 10/23/2009 7:44:08 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: Cardhu

These two idiots are damned lucky that no one was killed or injured trying to rescue a phantom passenger from that balloon.


39 posted on 10/23/2009 7:46:20 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Lazamataz
Reid. The Senate has voted to bail them out.

No way are the liberals going to bail out these two. Remember their stunt cost BamaKennedy's townhall meeting in New Orleans, to be without 'L I V E' camera, lights, and action using a 4th grader for some 'reality tv' asking BamaKennedy 'why does everybody hate you?' stunt....

No, these people hogggged the 'air' in more ways than just a lost 6 year old in a fly away hot air balloon.

40 posted on 10/23/2009 7:48:52 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Girlene

They should have said Toonces the cat was on the balloon, then I would never have doubted their story.


41 posted on 10/23/2009 8:28:49 PM PDT by lilycicero (Don't make me send out the flying monkeys.)
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To: GovernmentShrinker; ken21
Law enforcement figured it out the same time the public did. The sheriff later admitted they had misled the media about that to make it easier to investigate the family. Seems Papa Heene was very helpful while he thought police still believed him. During the period while the Sheriff was still indicating he didn’t think it was a hoax, they lured Papa down to the station and then went into the house to execute a search warrant and try to persuade Mama to go to a safe house with the kids.

Exactly. One of the best weapons law enforcement has is to keep people thinking they're not too quick.

42 posted on 10/23/2009 8:46:14 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: babygene

babygene, you should probably set a password on your screensaver...it seems that a child posted in your absence.


43 posted on 10/23/2009 8:47:51 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Bigg Red
If they had put that kid in there, there is no way that balloon could have gone up into the air.

Based on the numbers they had for the weight of the craft, it would have. It was 18 pounds heavier than they'd been told, so it wouldn't...but it was close.

44 posted on 10/23/2009 8:49:01 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: GnuHere
So he is either stupid or clever, lol.

The answer isn't "stupid." I wouldn't call it "clever," though, as it's a pretty standard police trick. Just because many perps (and FReepers :-) aren't quick enough to realize the police can mislead, too, doesn't mean it's anything special.

45 posted on 10/23/2009 8:56:47 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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Please stop by the FReepathon thread and give it a bump. If you haven’t donated yet, please give it some thought.

Thank you!


46 posted on 10/23/2009 9:23:52 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR.....Monthly Donors Wanted.)
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To: Cardhu

This makes me sad for their children. I hope the kids have non-crazy grandparents or similar to go stay with. The foster system is not a good place for kids to be (in general — I am aware that there are some excellent foster parents out there, being personally acquainted with one of them — but there is also an awful lot of abuse and neglect in the foster system).


47 posted on 10/24/2009 1:22:46 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (PETRAEUS IN 2012 ..... PETRAEUS IN 2012 ..... PETRAEUS IN 2012)
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To: deannadurbin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sshPiEUGyZ8


48 posted on 10/24/2009 3:32:29 AM PDT by Brown Deer
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To: JoeMac
Interesting. If he says he can't trust the cops he knows, you immediately claim he has issues.
49 posted on 10/24/2009 4:30:20 AM PDT by Loud Mime (The time to water the tree of liberty approaches......)
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To: Bigg Red

My maternal grandfather was a cop; my paternal grandfather was a fireman. Needless to say, I support the police and firemen.


50 posted on 10/24/2009 5:52:40 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (If healthcare reform is passed, 41 years old will be the new 65 YO.)
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