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Sunday, March 1, 2009

The 9/11 Imposter

Last night I watched a documentary on a woman I hadn't heard about before. Her name is Tania Head. Soon after the events of 9/11, she joined a support group where she shared her touching story of survival and how she managed to escape from one of the Twin Towers after it was hit. She showed them an injured arm, from when it caught on fire while she tried to escape. She said her fiance Dave was in the other tower and ended up dying. Everyone was touched by her story, a story of suffering, escape, survival , and losing a loved one... she experienced it all in those few fateful minutes.

In time members of the 9/11 survivors support group started to see her change, Tania became very arrogant and didn't show much sadness in all she went through in 9/11. Her account of what happened seemed more rehearsed than heartfelt, and each time she told it more details were added - as if she were making up the story as she went along. Some people started to see the glint in her eye when the media gave her all the attention. She became the 'poster-child' for 9/11 survivors. Soon everyone knew her story and she was meeting with well known politicians in NY and leading tours at Ground Zero. Everyone in her support group admired all the work and effort she put into their group and how well she'd recovered emotionally from what happened, until she'd started to change.

Soon enough a newspaper interviewed some of her acquaintances saying they were writing an article about her - they figured it was a memorial type article or the 'anniversary' coming up. However, it wasn't. It was an article that exposed the glitches in her story and labeled her a fraud. Further investigation proved she was in Spain in business classes when the 9/11 events took place. Some of the people who were with her in Spain at the time also for school said that she'd shown them the same damaged arm and claimed that she was in a Ferrari accident, others she told that she was injured while horse riding.

Clearly she enjoyed attention. I just find that disgusting and totally unsympathetic towards those people who did die on 9/11 and even more offensive to those who survived and believed her story. She even met with a slain firefighters' parents and lied about him saving her and how she had pictures all over her home of their son to remind her of that. How can people be so heartless? Yeah okay, you want attention... but I didn't think people would lie to this extent. For 5 years she had people fooled until people started speculating discrepancies in her story. That's just crazy. I can't believe I didn't even hear of her before. Her real name is Alicia Esteve Head. She also fabricated receiving diplomas from Harvard and other universities. I dunno... maybe she suffers from some mental disorder, I really can't see how someone could just wake up one morning and plan out how they'll lie about being part of something so tragic... subhanAllah

16 comments:

Mona said...

There's gotta be something wrong with people like that. Attention whores that lie pathologically. Pitiful really.

Asha said...

She has too much time to waste I guess

Saliha said...

I agree, mentally there must be something wrong! She craves attention and sympathy and there's a reason for that. Still, she kept taking it to higher levels. Where is she now? I hope she's getting some type of help or something. I would be furious if I were one of those survivors who interacted with her! Unbelievable!

KakChik said...

She crave for attention too much that's why she's such a liar. Once you lie you are going to keep on lying... unless you repent and seek forgiveness

Umm Ismail said...

Honestly A 6 cans Short of of 12 pack if you ask me. She is a Compulsive liar and that a Condition. Lying Fuels attention but the thing of Lying you can't remember all the details and that's how the truth is truly shown. Really sad

Ummismail

*~Ange~* said...

she is sick in the head, thats for sure.

Sajjad said...

Yeah but she was able to fool everyone, for 5 years! Her story was always straight, only certain statements she made did not add up. You'd think once she started getting put into newspapers and calld to give lectures at colleges she would tone it down or try and step out of the limelight. How could she possibly have believed she had everyone fooled. I'm also surprised I never recall hearing of her, I just googled some into on her after reading it. It hurts to know there are such imposteres among us.

NiDa said...

that is weired....the least to say!!!

American Muslima Writer said...

SubhanAllah, the Truth will Prevail.

My mom once advised me that "If you tell the truth you never have to remeber what lies were told"

Guess her momma told her the opposite.

Melda :o) said...

Assalamu alaikum everyone

Subhan'Allah, what was this woman thinking when she lied to the firefighters' parents? I hope she's receiving some kind of help now, she definitely needs it!

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mona said...

Disgusting! How can she make up stories just for attention!

Jamila said...

Essalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

That's just depressing all the way around. How lonely does one feel to do such a thing? How unloved and utterly alone?

Lisa said...

The sickest thing Lazeena was how she went to talk to dead men's parents about their "last moments." They must feel so betrayed by this sorry excuse for a human. I hope she rots in Argentina or wherever she is. You just freaking know she is conning someone else today out there. Arggg!

Hijabis On Ranting Tour. said...

ohmygod uff how disgusting and sad
thats reali terrible
whats rong with people these days?
:s
salaamz
naz
btw sis u hve a lovely blog :)

Ms.Unique said...

Subhan Allah! dats soooooo crazy ... what ppl can do just to get into spotlight ....