Remember back in 2009 when people across the nation were glued to their TV screens because they thought a little boy (named Falcon) had flown away in a tin foil balloon and everybody just had to see whether or not he fell out of it? Of course, it turned out that the whole thing was a hoax set up by the boy's father…
For his first interview since pleading guilty to a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant, Richard Heene kept up with the histrionics as he insisted—through tears—to Larry King that he and his wife are innocent.
Fame-hungry parents Richard and Mayumi Heene will plead guilty to charges resulting from the "balloon boy" hoax. Although they could potentially receive jail time, the prosecutor has recommended probation. [CNN]
Now that we know the "Balloon Boy" story was officially a hoax, the question still remains: why would anyone put their children though such a thing? The answer, we're told, is a desire for fame, but perhaps it's something more.