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