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October 15, 2009

6-Year-Old Boy Found Safe After Balloon Floats Away

Posted: 08:09 PM ET

Via thedenverchannel.com

 FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A 6-year-old boy, who was feared adrift in a wayward homemade helium balloon, was found safe in his home after a massive search Thursday afternoon.

6-year-old Falcon Heene was found after hiding in the attic

6-year-old Falcon Heene was found after hiding in the attic

 The discovery ended a nerve-racking four-hour chase and hunt because authorities and family members had believed that Falcon Heene accidentally lifted off in the family's silver saucer-shaped weather balloon when it became untethered from their Fort Collins back yard. Millions worldwide watched on live TV and on the Internet as helicopter cameras tracked the balloon as it floated thousands of feet above rural Colorado before it crashed in a field.

Swarming deputies soon reported that the boy was not on board.

"Be advised it's empty ... It's empty," an official announced on the Larimer County dispatcher radio.

That prompted a massive ground search, with law enforcement agencies retracing the balloon's path in an effort to try and locate the missing boy.

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Ted Colaizzi   October 15th, 2009 8:53 pm ET

I'm a long time regular listener. I just heard Campbell Brown's report thaqt the Heeney family will be guests of Larry King tonight. I have to believe that with all of the issues in today's news that I don't have to list for you, you are being duped into perpetuating the nonsense and reinforcing the bad behavior by this irresponsible family. You are obviously giving these publicity hounds exactly what they want. I will not be watching Larry King tonight.


Mark Eaton   October 15th, 2009 8:59 pm ET

PLEASE ASK THE BALOON BOYS FATER: "You being a Engineer type person, don't you think you should know a 20 foot diameter baloon filled with helium will NOT lift a 60 pound kid". ASK HIM: "How much will it lift?"


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

Larry, or "Wolf"

Ask the father what the net lift of the balloon was – just a ballpark figure.

Now ask him if he really thought that his balloon could possibly have lifted his kid.


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

High Voltage?

This guy is a nutbar.


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

Why wasnt this project inclosed behind a locked fence.


stephen   October 15th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Not the balloon boy!!!!! This is a waste of air time. Wolf Blitzer pandering to these jokers.....no more CNN for a while. They haven't had any news all day....


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Are you going to be more responsible with your kids because this is inexscuseble parenting.


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Ask the father of balloon boy the following:

How much lift did the father expect to get from the heiium balloon?

How large would the balloon need to be to lift a 40 lbs child using Helium gas (none of his "high voltage" stuff" .

Does he know? I do.


jackie   October 15th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

what in the world is wrong w/this family???? these boys are obviously hyperactive, OCD???, please Larry, w/so many other important issues going on, please don't waste time on this weird family


Victoria   October 15th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Ballon Story: The family on the program looks like a family that was either on Wife Swap or Super Nanny. If it is the same family, it makes me think this might be a spoof to get publicity for their project.


Nicole   October 15th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

They just needed some way to get publicity on their invention. The feds should make them pay a fine for not being more responsible guardians and actually knowing where their children are at all times.


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Did the father believe that the helium balloon on it's own had the capacity to actually lift his child off the ground?

How much could his balloon lift?


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

If I was that kid I would hide too take away his TV time for a month for and his brothers too for not helping to keep an eye on him and build a damed fence and put a lock on it .


Chase   October 15th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Is Larry /Wolf aware that that family was on the show "Wife Swap"? And the show was between a family who feared everything and his family, who are daredevils? Is this a publicity stunt? The guy was quite abusive on that episode toward his wife.


Victoria   October 15th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

If I am right about this family, the father spends his time inventing things. I am seriously suspious about his story.


Karen   October 15th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Stop the publicity of this story; enough already.


Lynne   October 15th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

The father is totally irresponsible. Letting your children (or neighborhood children that are drawn to an attractive nusience and could have been injured) be around high voltage and dangerous experimental equipment of this nature should be prosecuted for child endangerment as well as civil consequences for the cost of inconvenience of the unfortunate travelers at Denver Airport and the civil servants that were inconvenienced as a result of his incompetance.

I am glad the child is safe, but feel sorry for Falcone for having such a father as a role model. What a jerk.


Matthew Stiffelman   October 15th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I have been watching this story since this morning, and every news station has been using a ton of resources covering it, and these people are getting a ton of attention, which it seems they thrive on. Where I live, there is a law that requires you to have a fence around a back yard swimming pool to prevent children from falling in. I doubt there are any laws about having a makeshift helium balloon teathered to nothing more than a rope in your backyard, but it seems that if it is capable of carrying a small child 10,000 feet into the air these parents are guilty of grose negligence. So for me, it's not just the senseless cry for attention, but also some questionable parenting that concern me. It is pretty rediculous that these people are even available for a TV interview, and not sitting in an office with Family Services being reminded that they have a serious duty as parents to not only prevent the opportunity for child endangerment, but to raise their kids with strong morals and not waste a nation's day over a hoax.


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Why didn't CNN or the sheriff who retrieved the landed balloon report the actual measurements of the balloon? dimensions and estimate of volume would have went a long way to save helicopter fuel and expensive emergency people – even if the father would not tell you that his balloon could only lift about 10 or 20 lbs.


Asma   October 15th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

My 1st question to all of this “MESS” is “Where were the parents of these 3 kids, all under the age of 10, in the afternoon especially with a hot-air balloon that is an electrical accident just waiting to happen, and also a DANGER to them!!!
The whole country was in shock, amazement and thinking the worst had happened to this kid, as this story developed all the while the little 6 yr old is happily or fearfully hiding in his attic , safe in his house the whole time.
Don’t the parents know their kids hiding spots, I certainly know my kids’ hiding spots, and I monitor my kids at all times especially when they are outside.
I feel the parents should be fined by the city or county, as they are the responsible adults who should be in control of their kids at all times. This certainly was a waste of time, not to mention the amount of money wasted, for the authorities, media, and Denver International Airport which had to shutdown a uncertain amount of flights for the afternoon. Action needs to be taken for such “BLUNDERS” committed by stupid parents. I am sorry for being harsh, but it needs to be said!
Lastly I am glad this story has a happy and good ending and little Falcon is safe, but there is an important lesson to be learned in this whole matter!!!
PARENTS PLEASE BE MORE RESPONSIBLE AND WATCH YOUR KIDS AT ALL TIMES, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN A BLINK OF AN EYE!!!!!!!


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

You screwd up daddy dont let the same mistake happen again be more careful with your boys God is giving you a second chance.


Ted P   October 15th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Our economy is in the tank and our soldiers are dying overseas and you can't find anything better to talk about other than this balloon story that's nothing but a public relations ploy created by the family???? The six year old stated himself that he went to hide in the attic well before the balloon launched because his Dad scolded him so he wasn't even in the area when it launched. Too much television time for a story that's not believable.


Nancy   October 15th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Why in the world are you sensationalizing this story even more with this family on your show? These parents are looking for 15 more minutes of fame! I certainly hope the authorities can slap them with a hefty bill for all the manpower that was WASTED today!


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

He didnt come out because he broke your favotite toy.


Army Veteran   October 15th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

You have to be kidding. This whole story is being made up as we go. How could the kid hiding in a box in an attic have any idea the balloon had launched. CNN has hit a new low putting this family on TV live. This is all rehearsed by the family..Come on Wolf. Call it the hoax that it is..


Chase   October 15th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

The child just said that he did not come out because "You said we are doing this for the show". This is all staged.


vicky   October 15th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Today’s breaking news is Balloon boy

What wrong discussing the breaking news in Larry king show

Thanks CNN for the family interview

we learn lot as a parent


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

The balloon could never lift the boy.

Surely the dad knew that fact?

Nobody at CNN questioned it?

It would be a good question to ask him, Wolf, go for it.


Josephina   October 15th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

first, you shouldnt be interviewing parents like this, it is a waste of time, and the police should investigate this more, nothing make sense, and the parents should be fine for making the authorities spend time and equipment in this ridiculous case. Everybody in colorado was so concern and then we got the news that the boy was in the garage. yeah sure, this man only wants attention. this require a deep investigation. thanks


Raj   October 15th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

for god sake.. the kid just said he did this for a show..
didnt you listen that.

when the kid said that the fathers face turned red.. comeon guys
now the kid is missing


Sam   October 15th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Did the kid say something about a "show" as the reason he didn't come out?????


Scoy   October 15th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

These people are publicity seekers. It was a hoax and the parents should be arrested.

This guy Richard is a nutbar.....


JANE CLARK   October 15th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

OMG...That little boy just said "YOU SAID WE DID IT FOR A SHOW"
Go arrest those parents!!!!!!!!!!!


Nicole Couto   October 15th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Did anyone else hear what that little boy said...."that they did it for the SHOW?"


Gerald Jolly   October 15th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

We can only thank GOD for small mercies.

As they say about kids.

YA GOTTA LOVE EM!!!!


Jackie   October 15th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

WHOA!!!! Sounds like little Falcon just let the little birdie out of the bag.

He just told Wolf Blitzer he didn't come out of hiding when called because it was
"for show"!

huh?

Wolfie....you better follow up on this one buddy.

Can you say...SUSPICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sounds like this former Reality TV family was just looking for another 15-minutes (or several hours) of FAME!

Maybe the weather tracking thing isn't going so well for them and he's hoping to write a story?


Ken   October 15th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

When asked why he did not come out when his dad was yelling for him the kid said "Ummm, we did it for a show."

This is a HOAX and done to get financial backing for the project. I was wondering when the dad was explaining the high voltage steering B.S.

The dad's reaction just as the kid said that and after, showed he was BUSTED. BUT, then Wolf did not call him out on it and just continues lying but is VERY nervous!!!

HOAX!!!!!


Scoy   October 15th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Sam, the kid did say for "show" I caught that too.....

No follow-up for Wolf...??????


Nicole Couto   October 15th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

AND...the father totally lost his train of though...C'mon WOLF....call him on it! Larry would!


ken   October 15th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Don' be fooled by a PR stunt. The boy tells the truth " It was for a show"


Cindy from CANADA   October 15th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I really think this is all a Publicity Ploy..


alex smith   October 15th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

i can clearly read by this family's body language that they are lieing and did do this for publicity! plus the kid spilled the beans saying he thought they were doing this for a show is the reason he didnt come out. they should pay!


Paul   October 15th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

This is learly a hoax. The kid said "we did it for show" when asked why he was hiding in the garage


donna   October 15th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

why in the hell are you not asking these clowns about what that kid just said.....he is doing it for the show.......wtf cnn........now you guys will jost talk about it instead of asking these idiots live on camera......cowards


Raj   October 15th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

wolf , when the kid said he did this for a show you wavered off the topic. whats happening ? this guy looks uncomfortable and sketchy. Please ask the kids more questions. THe father looks fake


mike   October 15th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

The kid just said on the show that his parents told him to hide for the show? Press them on this Wolf!


ken   October 15th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

good acting Dad!


Scoy   October 15th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Good acting!!!!!!!


ana maria   October 15th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Where are the rewsponsability of the parents?
Who will pay for all the expensis?
Us.... Please take care of your kids...
we apy enough for everything else..BE responsable. pay for your experimentes.


D. Hill   October 15th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

This is an unbelievable story in so many ways. This sounds like an elaborate skill to get on TV. The little boy admitted that his father yelled at him about playing with the balloon so he went right up to the attic. Just look at the perplexed look on both parents face. People will do and say anything to get on TV and guess what.... Its working. Unbelievable. ENOUGH!


Ted P   October 15th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

What an actor. The Dad should consider showbiz!!!!!!!!!!


Cindy from CANADA   October 15th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

This is a Publicity Ploy by the supposed Scientist/Inventor..What a Joke !! If you people believe this !!


Mark   October 15th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

This is a total farse!!! The kid said we did it for the show!!!


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

When "he wasn't in there" (after the landing)

Didn't anyone realize that the door was still closed?

Did they think the kid shut the door on the way out, plumetting to his death below, but shutting the door on the way! lol.


Ken   October 15th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Did id NOT a good actor. His guilt and lies are OBVIOUS!!!!


Nicole Couto   October 15th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

He is lying. He is upset because he knows he is caught. Let's go WOLF!!!! Call him on it!


Kathy   October 15th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Houston we have a problem. This family is not telling the truth. Did Wolf miss the boy saying that he didn't come out because they were doing a show? Also, the boys just happened to be filming. The Dad seems very nervous. Has anyone looked into this being a hoax?


Scoy   October 15th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

These people were on 'wife swap' a reality show..... this is such a PR stunt it's disgusting....


mike   October 15th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I hope the police are watching this!


vicky   October 15th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Very happy family

During the commercial I tune to different channel still they are talking about Obama’s pastor
I don’t know why they called news channel


Sam   October 15th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

OK it wasn't just me it seems we all heard the kid say it was for "show"...
these parents need to get off TV and pay all the expenses incurred today!!!


JANE CLARK   October 15th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I hope that boys daddy gets all the attention he deserves...In jail. What a pos.


Joan   October 15th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Wolf, how come you didn't follow up when the boy said he heard them calling but stayed in the attic because they (parent) said it was "for the show"?


marvan   October 15th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I am watching Larry King Live. When they asked the boy why he remained hiding, I thought I heard him say something like " We did it for show". Did anyone else hear that?


Sunny   October 15th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Oh! C'mon now.....end this charade now!!

Wolf's buying into this crap is painful to watch...he sounds like an idiot!!

Boy.....is CNN really that incapable of listening to the subjects and seeing right through this horrid joke?

The father is the worst actor since Kate Gosselin.....both with their fake tears and made-up concern for their kids.

This is a JOKE!


heather   October 15th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

am i the only one who heard the little boy say they told him to because of the show? when they aske about why he didn't come out when they called. is this for real???


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

What was the toatal cost of this mishap to the public for your carlesness .


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Your 15 minutes of fame is up –

Back to your "high voltage" blimp experiments – lol


minerva santana   October 15th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

When Wolf asked why the young boy did not answer when the father was calling his name, did he say because this was being done for a show? Ask him to elaborate on that...


Michelle Benham   October 15th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

The boy said, "This was for show." Why wasn't there any follow-up on this?


Anne   October 15th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Is anybody going to follow up on the fact that the kid just said, "You said we were doing it for a show" or something like that. And after that the dad got all flustered and couldn't answer questions. Are they going to have to pay the authorities for all the man hours wasted on searching for him? Is anybody listening to them?


Fredrica Kenna   October 15th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I am becoming very angry with Wolf Blitzer! He should STOP anymore questioning. It is easy to see the emotional state of the entire family – especially the father. Anyone who has children (unless they are unusual!) will know that kids will try anything, anytime, anywhere. It appears that the children are having difficulty sitting still!

If anything, this might serve to remind the parents that (many) kids need constant parenting.


keith   October 15th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I dont believe this for 1 minute that the parents thought the child was in the balloon ! lol it is so obv. this family wants media attention .they didnt follow this on t.v. ha ! what a crock !


costasean   October 15th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Anyone catch what the little kid said when he was asked why he didn't reply to the parents when they called? It sounded like he said something like he "did this for the show"? The broadcaster just skipped right over that. Sounds to me like the kid pretty much said this was done on purpose to generate publicity. If so, the parents should have to pay for all costs associated with the rescue.


Strick   October 15th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

This guy set this up to market his inventions. I hate to say it but I think he is lying!


BlueCatDemocrat   October 15th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Why aren't you guys calling this guy out on this? The child clearly said We did it for the show! It was all a set up say something!


Audrey Martells   October 15th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Did the Wolf hear the kid say that his parents told him that they did it all for show? What the heck ...call these media mongering parents out !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Nicole Couto   October 15th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Keep going with this WOLF!


Luis Cordero   October 15th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I heard Falcon say " I did'nt say anything because you (Dad) told me not to for the show" The Dad looked very nervous when Falcon said that CNN needs to review the tape and jugde it for yourselves.


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I bet right now your thinking this sucks huh .


ken   October 15th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

there is much more "Real News out There" Go get Em CNN!!!
stop showing this family.... Please!!!!


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Wolf.

Show the clip of the sheriff ordering his men to hit the blimp with pitchforks! It's classic!

Ask the sheriff why he didn't measure the balloon to determine the lift.


Raj   October 15th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

i agree with ken. i heard the boy say they did this for the show. How can Mr.Wolf not hear this ..wow. something is really really fishy. This guy wasted tax payers money and caused havoc


Sandra   October 15th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

HELLO .. did you not hear what the kid just said.
"IT WAS FOR THE SHOW." This is a stunt. You have been fooled CNN.

Look at the raction of the father since the child said that.

LISTEN to the answers .... LIARS.


Pam   October 15th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I thought I was the only one who heard the kid said that If he didn't come out of hiding they'd be on the Show


Steve (FL)   October 15th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I'm starting to think this might be a hoax. Falcon just answered Wolf's question about why he didn't respond when his father was calling for him with, "they told me that they did this for the show." What did he mean by the comment, "that they did this for the show?" Young children are very honest. Wolf should press harder in the interview.


Jaz   October 15th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Kids are always honest, and guess what, little Falcon said "You said we are doing this for the show, " when asked why he didn't come out when the family was calling him."

I can't beleive Wolf did not follow up on this!!!! Please Wolf, follow upon it. This family has wasted a lot of city and state resources and caused a lot of worry and heartache for many watching the story – all for a PR stunt! Please call this father out!


Jon B   October 15th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Somehow after listening to this guy be interview none of this make any sense , I almost feel like this was all a set up, for publicity. This guy sounds like he has had a few drinks . I dont believe a word he is saying , in if you watch the interview back again you will see where , wolf asked the dad to ask Falcon why he did come out when he was called and he heard his Parents calling for him , he slipped up and almost said , he wanted to wait to make sure that people believed that he was in the balloon , and then the Dad cut him off real quick , they put this story all togther, and should be fined , and should be made to pay all the expenses that were involved in this mess. If in fact this was a set they should be ashamed of this mess, boy oh boy .


McMarleyFamily   October 15th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Runaway Balloon Drama was a pre-meditated FARCE! The 'lost boy' admitted that he did not respond to the calls because it was for "A Show....". Richard Heene was asked to repeat Falcon's statement which he avoided with complete silence followed by nervous chatter.
CNN PLEASE expose this fraudulent act.


Aggie   October 15th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Is Wolf deaf?? Didn't Falcon say when asked why he didn't come when they called out his name, "he was told not to for the show" or something like that. REWIND CNN and ask this family if this is a scam..


Josephina   October 15th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

please Mr. King, this is a joke, this parents should go to jail.
you can see the father is not telling the truth. he just wants publicity for his balloon....sorry I am very upset, give us NEWS not this.


Kim   October 15th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Watching tonight did the child indicate when asked "did you hear us hollaring" he said yes but you told me we were putting on a show....hello someone rewind the footage and see if that was what he indicated....


Cori Short   October 15th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Wolf just asked the boy why he didn't come out when they called his name? Falcon said " because it was for a show" OMG...I couldn't have been the only one who heard this?! This family was on " Wife Swap" This is bull & looks like a publicity stunt!!!
Please. please call his bluff, it is painful to watch!!
Cori Short


ken   October 15th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I bet I could be an actor too!


Michelle Benham   October 15th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

This is a joke. These people are a joke. This interview is ridiculous.


Mark   October 15th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Wolf is playing with him!!! This is pretty good entertainment!! Kinda scary a mom and dad can do this.


suzan   October 15th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

When they asked the little boy why he did not come out when he heard them calling him, he said, "you did it for the show". After which the father changed the subject and looked as if he were sweating bullets. The father is responsible for this whole lie and owes the state taxpayers all the money they spent on this situation. He has mental problems for sure. The little boy admitted it.....how can you overlook the admission?


Strick   October 15th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

someone in that state should file charges on this guy. He stayed in the garage or attic because they told him too.


matthew   October 15th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

That kid Falcon, just said "They told me to do it for the show!" I think this is all a big hoax. The story is just not lining up right.


Sandra   October 15th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Hello Wolfie ??
Are you listening? T
urn up the hearing aid. You are wasting our time.

These guys are b.s.ing you big time.
Wolf .. you look like just as big a fool.

Get these liars off TV.


Uncle Joe   October 15th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I think I heard Falcon say that he was doing it for the show in response to Wolf's question on why he didn't answe to numerous calls while he was in the garage. Also notice the change in demeanor for the father after his son said that. This might be a hoax. Please Wolf, investigate this further.


Ted P   October 15th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

For crying out loud Wolf – call them the frauds that they are and stop sensationalizing this phony story. You're hurting your credibility!!!!!


Kim   October 15th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Sandra up above I heard the same thing.....Way to go I thought I was crazy.....Larry soak this up.....


Nicole   October 15th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

He absolutely just said that he didn't come out because "you said that we did it for the show". Pathetic. They absolutely should pay for all the costs incurred today. And we wonder why our country is in this mess – everyone is too greedy!!!!!! What values are they teaching their children? 😡


Jill   October 15th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Wolf, seriously–YOU HAVE TO ASK about that very suspicious "you said we did it for a show" comment from Falcon–out of the horse's mouth if you ask me...and the parents looked disturbed and a little conspiratorial at that moment. seriously come on, i've been waiting forever for wolf to follow up on that one, and they just keep acting like these people are 100% legit–we all know this is suspicious.


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Wolfe, follow-up on why the kid said this was all for show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sam   October 15th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

CNN you are aiding and abetting this charade! The kid is trying to tell the truth but you don't want to hear it – this was staged.


Pavan   October 15th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I am sure someone is thinking about a reality show on home inventions. Oh boy, when will this stupidity end.


f   October 15th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

okay is it just me or did I just imagine the little saying "it was for a show"


John   October 15th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

When Wolf Asked the dad to ask his son did he hear them calling him when he was in the attic the dad asked Falcon did you hear us calling you and he said yes... the dad said why didn't you come out and Falcon said "you said we did this for a show" This is all a stunt!


Jerry Chomyn   October 15th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Don't need the family here, Wolf is answering all his own questions.


junko   October 15th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

poor kids, their parents are so phony.


Diane   October 15th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I was crying and praying for this little boy. When Wolfe ask if he heard mom and dad calling him and he said yes but he didnot come out for the show. For me to hear that he was doing it for the show really makes me mad. What kind of parents does he have?? Tell dad to stop pretending to cry. The show is over. I pray God takes care of these children


CARolyn Gray   October 15th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Hey Larry,
I think that Richard's balloon broke loose and he was worried that he would be liable for all kinds of possible havoc/accidents so he made up the story about the kid being in the device to get the media and safety folks involved and to bring the situation under control. The family is making a brave effort to try to stick with the story...but their stories and behavior does not match.

NIce try Richard....but you should own up to your actions and not make your family join into this weak coverup.

cg


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Wolfe, why are you acting like this is for real??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????


Cindy from CANADA   October 15th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I totally agree with SAM..The boy said "It was for a show"..I think the parents should pay for all the EXPENSES that incurred today !! The family are playing everone for IDIOTS and the Larry King Live show is PATHETIC !!


Audrey Martells   October 15th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

This report is embarrassing ? Where is Larry King ? Somebody play back the tape when the kid said it was all for show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Pam   October 15th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I knew that guy was a flake since i saw him on wife swap......can't believe he set this whole thing up....I wonder if there will be justice for wasting tax payers dollars, and for almost a whole day?


joanie morgan yort   October 15th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Was I the only one who just heard on the show–when Falcon was asked by the Dad " did you hear us call you and why did you not come out"–he said something like, you told us not to cuz it was a show.!!!! The interviewer said -what did he say-but then it was not answered again and he missed a golden opportunity to ask.!!!!! HMMMM!!!


Raymond   October 15th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Am I the only one who watches Wife Swap?


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

LOL, good one Jerry. You are absolutely right.


Ronnie Michael   October 15th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Wolf, I believe that when you asked Falcon why he didn't answer when parent's were calling him, he said ( you said it would be good for the show). This is a publicity stunt!!!


Kim   October 15th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

When the father asked the child if you heard us HOLLARING THE CHILD CLEARLY STATED " YES BUT YOU TOLD ME WE WERE PUTTING ON A SHOW"......Hello then to say oh I didn't hear you what did he say....back the footage up.....


JT in TN   October 15th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

MAN....boy in the attick, heard them screaming and didn't come out??....he'd be in big trouble if he was my child.


Raegan L   October 15th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Wow! On Larry King Live the Dad just asked why the boy didn’t come out of hiding when he heard his family calling his name and the poor thing says, “You guys said, we did this/it for a show”.
My personal opinion: this is fraud on the parents’ part and they should pay every penny back to the public servants who spent time and money trying to rescue the child.


Sandra   October 15th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Wolf ... blow their story and actually make some news. Replay the clip ... and protect those kids tonight ... that dad is mad.


vicky   October 15th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

If I miss my child a second in store I think my life is over

I understand there feelings now

how happy they are now

May be its look like drama


Strick   October 15th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Man!!! come on wolf, I know you have to say something to this guy!


Jay   October 15th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Yes, the kid said it it was for a show. You can see how stressed the dad became after that. he hasnt relaxed since. His answers are all over the place. My goish!


Ann   October 15th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

OK. Why didn't the Lary King fill in press the issue when the boy admitted that he did it for a show? Wow. Every time those two people cry I want to vomit. I was ligitimately scared for the six-year-old. It makes me sick.


Suki   October 15th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Falcon said the reason why he went into hiding was because he was scolded earlier in the day by his Dad. I'm just wondering if he has done anything like this in the past for the same reason.


Nicole Couto   October 15th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

The poor 10 year old is so uncomfortable lying.

This is what Wolf needs to say.." Mr Heane, there is significant talk and conversation taking place that this has actually been a set up/hoax. Would you like to comment on that"?

Not threatening, but will put it out there!!!


Betmund   October 15th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I think that Wolf heard exactly what the kid said, but is giving the father enough rope to hang himself. This is obviously a highly dysfunctional family – the police need to move on this immediately.


cyndi   October 15th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Did anyone else hear when they ask the boy if he heard his parents calling him. And he said yes. The parents asked him why didnt answer when we was calling then. Then he said you said it was for a show.....This whole thing was only done to bring attention to they're invention....They should be held accountable for this..What kind of person bulid something like in the back yard anyway


Nick Z.   October 15th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

This is crazy when a DAD and mom are so stuck on being on tv they put their kids on tv to lie


Joan   October 15th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Very disappointing interview. PLEASE make them go away.


Nicole Couto   October 15th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Good God, this is the craziest interview I've seen in a long time. Don't give this family another second of your time.


Abdul   October 15th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I can't belive no one told Wolf what the kid had said earlier.....come on CNN.....someone tell wolf this is a joke!!


Cheryl   October 15th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Wolf, listen to the bloggers... this is a hoax.. both of these parents are worst than Jon & Kate... they should be arrested and forced to pay the cost of the search. The 6 year old gave it up....


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Common guys havnt any of you guys got or had kids there little monsters sometimes and you have to watch them constently .


Jamie   October 15th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Ok this family was on WIFE SWAP!! please look up this episode!! They were just on a re-run the other day. This family is super crazy and I am sure they just did it for attention. If you watch the episode you will know what I am talking about. They are FRAUDS!!


J   October 15th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Wolf this man is making things up as he goes on. Sorry but I have interviewed suspects, people etc. for more than 14years as a Police Officer and I' am sorry to say I feel this father is or has set all this up for attention. The little boy Falcon just said they did it for a show. Someone should really look into what happen. If he made a story that got more attention that he really wanted. Just think of this what parent would stay at home instead of getting into a vehicle and follow this flying object. We all got dupped !


Joe   October 15th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

This interview/show will be good material when the states children & protective services come to rescue the kids from these whackos. SICK


David Freeman   October 15th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I really cannot believe CNN would waste time with this nut case of a family. This is the biggest hoax I have ever seen. All you have to do is listen to the kids during the interview.


kim   October 15th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I have watched some of Larry King and I agree with some of the other comments, one giant publicity stunt, by the FATHER, I dont think the mother knew anything, something is just not right with him and his story, they were shooting video as the balloon went up?????

put it this way HE IS JUST NOT RIGHT!!!!!


Nicole Couto   October 15th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

AND that the boy said it was for the "Show"!!!


junko   October 15th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Yeah real news like, the falling US dollar and how derivatives are just the next thread for the economy's plunder.


jack   October 15th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Maybe this will teach Richard a valuable lesson. He is obviously shook tonight, and rightly so. But I saw a video of this same man taking his young kids out chasing a hurricane. He seems intelligent, but lacking some common sense. Seems like he as well as the kids are all hyper.The Mom seems quite cool, of course she didn't make the baloon, perhaps, or was not the driving force in making it, at least. This guy must have plenty of free time, he should spend more time keeping an eye on his kids, perhaps. But it is nice the kid is safe. Should Richard help reimburse our taxes for his bit of negligence in securing the baloon?


Viirginia   October 15th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Hi Wolfe,

Did you hear that little boy say that his father told him it was just a show? I hope children and family services are standing outside their door right now. Lord protect those children


Army Veteran   October 15th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

This guys makes about as much sense as Nancy Pelosi. He cannot put whole sentences together.


Raymond   October 15th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I worked all day–didn't know anything about this story. But noticed that this guy and his family were on ABC's Wife Swap. He was nutty then (so was his wife) and very memorable for it.


Jaz   October 15th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

We can also cite what the kid said as confirmation that this is a hoax!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Build a fricken fence dude .


Kathy   October 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Please Wolf ask Falcon why he said this was for a show. Look at the boy in red, he is looking at his dad knowing he is lying.


Ted P   October 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Keep pounding him Wolf. I'll sleep much better tonight after hearing this fraud admit this was staged.


f   October 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

What a shame. So many of us were concerned. Pitiful. Just Pitiful for this man to be doing this....


Mark   October 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

This is as phony as 1980's pro wrastlin'! Wolfe reminds me a bit of Gordon Solie.


Brian   October 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

This is a publicity stunt of some sort... the boy himself said "you told me (referring to his parents) it was for the show". Things aren't adding up on this... I believe these people are as guilty of wasting our rescue workers' time and resources. They should get a bill for the "rescue" effort!!


Dodie ~ California   October 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

The Heene family from Colorado live life on the edge. Wife Mayumi (43) and storm scientist Richard (45) take their three kids, Bradford (8), Ryo (7) and Falcon (5), out of school to go on storm chasing missions to prove Richard's theories about magnetic fields and gravity.

Interesting.....


OCLady   October 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

This apparently was done for publicity. I was thinking at first this was some brainiac guy, but after listening to this guy, it seems like it was done for publicity. This is just a guy who plays around with homemade flying saucers and being so close to Halloween, who knows-Cha Ching! Wonder if he has done this in the past to make people think they were seeing a true UFO ? Man, if you're gonna lie, act it out first before you go on camera and make sure your kids and wife know their story line too!


Viirginia   October 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Wolf CALL THE POLICE

LARRRRRRRY, LARRRRRY


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Wolf, please question what the kid said earlier on the show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


kathryn   October 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

tHIS IS A HOAX! fALCON (BALLOON BOY ) SAID "IT WAS FOR THE SHOW" WHEN ASKED WHY HE DIDN'T COME OUT WHEN HE HEARS PEOPLE CALL HIS NAME.


vicky   October 15th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I don’t understand some why people attacking CNN

Other neat work discussing about

Which church Obama has to go

Which food Obama has to eat

whom he has to talk

Whom he can hire

How he has to dress
CNN you doing job good


Army Veteran   October 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

This guy is as dumb as the school officials in Troy, NY who suspended the 17 Year old Eagle Scout, National Guard Soldier for having a 2 inch knife in his survival kit.


Ted P   October 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

OMG now she's acting!!!!!!


Jen   October 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Falcon, during the interview said "You guys said...we did this for a show". HOAX...parents have some explaining to do!


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Hey dont pick on the Wolf man.


BlueCatDemocrat   October 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Come on Wolf this has nothing to do with their videos on youtube! I did not think it was a hoax until we just heard his son say we did it for the show. Ask the children more questions. They'll tell the truth if you interview them correctly. The father nearly fainted when his son made that comment. Interview the kids!!


Jay NYC Visitor   October 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

This is all a lie; everyone is posting what the kid said. I heard it too, why aren't they asking more about this. He said that it 'was for the show.' It is all made up. The father looks so nervous and it was hard for him to focus after this. Come on, Wolf?! Larry would have gotten it and gone deeper...


Robin   October 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

This is a JOKE if you heard the question was asked t o the kid Falcon why didnt you come out and he said because i ws told not to . Wolf quit directing your answers


Monique   October 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I immediately jumped onto this blog to see if folks are thinking what I'm thinking. This is a HOAX. Nothing adds up. I learned this family has been on reality t.v. shows and are thrill seekers. The kid just said that he didn't come out of the attic because "you told us that we were doing this for show". The parents should be fined and reprimanded for this mess. Resources have been wasted and a considerable amount of money involved to rescue a poor child that was hiding in the attic. Cut it out with the fake tears


heather   October 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

he said "you guys said, um, we did this for the show" dad said, "man"


John   October 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Ask Falcon if his dad put him up to this?


jack   October 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

The guy is obviously a publicity hound, so I would not be surprised if it is a stunt, either.


Sam   October 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Everyone mark this date as the date wolf's career ended!!!


Sandra   October 15th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Wow ... how uncomfortable to watch this man's lie .. look at him squirm.

This is disgusting and shameful.

Someone investigate these liar parents.

Look at him put words in his kids mouth. AH LIAR


Frank   October 15th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

This is a sorry family.


Jon B   October 15th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Wolf,

Please end this interview, just listen to this guy speak , I still cant believe he is babbling on and on . The only real thing is that this is all a farce .
Again a waste of tax payers money , what a joke , do these people know what Karma is . He is digging deeper and deeper


Jerry Chomyn   October 15th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

what a train wreck. This is such an embarrassment to all involved.


Strick   October 15th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

How could they say this kid was in the ballon he can't stay still for 2 seconds


Elena Vega   October 15th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

We are watching CNN Larry King Live. We replayed the story and we could hear that Falcon answered I have got told we did it for a show when his father asked if he heard when they called him.


keith   October 15th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

mythbusters did an experiment on how many balloons would it take to lift a person ...it was like 1 billion ! or a trillion or something ! lol
id rather see the chavez nutjob replay on larry king tonight ! Now that was acting!


Aggie   October 15th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

This interview is making me sick!! Come on CNN are you a news organization or reality TV? They are lying and you are fools. Do you even read these blogs. I'll see if Anderson is reading his!!


Raj   October 15th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

i really hope the cops take charge rather than wolf. beating around the bush. stop the blah blah blah please


Tim Bowling Jimmy Kennard   October 15th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Is anyone else watching this interview with Wolfe Blitzer? The little boy Falcon said that he was told to hide in the attic because they were doing it for tv. When the little boy told the truth the mother turned and said something to the effect of that is not what we said. The little boy in the green exclaimed quietly "Don't say it!" later on in the interview. The little boy in the red, the oldest child, was constantly giving looks of support to Falcon. Are we the only people in the world that heard this?


Jaz   October 15th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

WOW!!!!!! The kid is thinking, " why do I have to thank people? I was playing hide and seek!!!! haha ha ha This is a shame...


Ted P   October 15th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

LARRY – Hurry back. At least you'll pressure them until you hear the truth.


joey   October 15th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Is it just me or did no one see the Wife Swap episode with these freaks? We were interested in the story as everyone else but as the story has developed, my wife and I are convinced this was a very pathetic hoax. During the interview with Wolf Blitzer, Falcon said this was for a show. This is nothing more than an attempt to display their flying saucer or whatever that was to the public. It is a very disturbing display of using your child to gain attention and they should be forced to repay the exorbitant costs for this invesitgation.


Jo Ann   October 15th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

What a waste of airtime. Let's see if CNN covers the story when the wacko father goes to jail, as he definitely should. I'd watch that. Or let's hear about the expense by federal and local authorities and the inconveniences experienced by people all around the area. Until then, my TV is turned off CNN.


sandy willard   October 15th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Replay the clip of the kid saying it was for the show..PLEASE!! I BEG YOU!! this is painful to watch..


Lynne   October 15th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

The father is like Mr. Magoo. What a dope. Do not give this guy access to high voltage and helium in the future. Has anybody heard of the Hindenburg?


Dodie ~ California   October 15th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

At the end of two weeks, will Karen Martel bring peace and order to the chaotic Heene household? And can Mayumi free the Martel kids from fear?

The wife swap was only to see if Karen could bring order to the Heene household and if Mayumi could help the Martel kids from being afraid. There was NO sex involved. Wife swap could be misleading to many people and the TV show was probably named for that reason!


Nancy   October 15th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

If this was not a hoax, and I truly believe it was, what the heck are these people doing on tv? Wouldn't you be so overwhelmed that the last thing you would want to do is a television interview.


Heather   October 15th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

HAAAAA, i heard the boy say when asked why he didnt come out when they called his name "because you told us this was going to be for a show" I knew this was fake!! They set this up that guy would do something like that. I mean really did u see him on Wife Swap????? Look the dad cant even get his mind together after that kid said that. Hes stuttering and cant even keep his cool now.


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

What the ef is going on here? Wolf, grow some balls.


Luis Cordero   October 15th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Question Mr. Wolf; Can you ask Falcon if he was scared when people like members of the police department were calling nhis name and what did he think?


Josephina   October 15th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Please Larry, I am very dissapointed with the program today.
this is horrible...
I see your program everyday, and this is not You.
I live in Colorado and this is just to much. PLease Do an investigation. Everybody here were very concern, but now it is so unethical.


Bill   October 15th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I can not believe that Wolff is spending so much time on this family who has an issue with : 1 BEING ON WIFE SWAP 2. having a rap session.
Based ont the interiview i just saw this is garbage and they need to be charged the expenses of the equipment in the search etc.
enough!


Sydney   October 15th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Will you please touch on when Falcan said"it was a show." I would love you to play that to the family and have them explain. Our tax money should not go to a hoax.


trina   October 15th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Big Surprise.....the story is still supposedly unfolding and the mother is able to address accusations of a HOAX?

How the Hello would she even know people were talking about a hoax?

A NORMAL person would be in shock and ask Wolf what the heck is he talking about.
OBVIOUSLY, these people KNOW it's a HOAX and so does the rest of AMERICA.

Seems only Wolf alone in his cluelessness. He looks like the biggest LOSER in TV history.

As to your comment Wolf....
We'll be "grateful and thrilled" when the parents are hauled off to jail, forced to apologize and repay taxpayers, the kids put into child protective custody and Wolf is placed in the old folk's home where he can get treatment for his senility.


Abdul   October 15th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I am going to be really upset if Wolf doesn't point out that the kid did actually say "I did it for the show"....I miss Larry Kind .....sham on you Wolf...............


Jon B   October 15th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

You can very much tell that this guy is not being truthful, stumbling left and right on his words, all these people today that were so concerned , what a shame . And to think CNN , focused so much attention on this, I guess tommorow they will be on the Today show then Oprah after that, maybe the storyline can be about being truthful to people >


John   October 15th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

What a fake!! The boy just said his dad did it for the show! If he is a scientist the father would know that balloon could not lift his son. Why did he call 9 news? This guy is looking for the the spotlight!


kristen   October 15th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!! im only 12 years old and i knew it was all set up from the start! this guy is so stupid he thinks he can use his own children for fame! he sould be ashamed of himself. try being a dad instead of a reality star!


Scoy   October 15th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Man this Dad is twitching out...... liars


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

This family needs to pay for this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


ellen   October 15th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Boy, these kids can't even behave in front of cameras on a National TV program.

Also, can the father answer one question without going off in a whole different direction????

I think these parents need to practice a little "tough love" rather than condoning and being all "lovey-dovey" to these rug rats. They did something wrong, and it is apparent that they will not be educated as to what they did.

I also had to rewind the program when Falcon was asked why he didn't respond when his mom and dad called him and he admitted that he had heard them calling him and it was "for show".

I think this father is trying to be like Steve Irwin...there was a video played on HLN when the family was out chasing a hurricane..and he was talking in such a dramatic way that I thought he was emulating the "crocodile hunter" only he is the "hurricane and storm hunter".

What a bunch of enabler parents.

The kid won't even say thank you for all the commotion he caused....it could have been nipped in the bud if he wasn't hiding out or had respect for his parents frantic calls for him.

Uh Oh...do I smell a new reality show???? Perhaps one to take the place of Jon and Kate????? Somethings fishy here.....


Kala Cartmill   October 15th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Did no one hear that the 6-year-old response that it was "for the show" when asked why he was hiding!?! I couldn't believe what I heard and neither could his frazzled father – who had to close his eyes and come up with a good comment.

Why did no one question the boy's answer... I've just talked to other people watching and they all heard the same! What the heck CNN! Why don't you ask some real questions instead of going along with what these parents have coached their children into saying!


Dodie ~ California   October 15th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I do not know if this was done for publicity or not. I think we could move on to another topic... instead spending one entire hour on this....


junko   October 15th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

As a japanese, I feel many japanese wives are obedient to their husbands. Her acting was just that.


Luis Cordero   October 15th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Mr wolf do you know that if the father made this all up he can go to jail. He looks very worried.


Nathan Custer   October 15th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Ask this Dad just how he supports his family. He says he is a scientist but what kind of income can he derive from these experimental balloons. And why is he allowing his kids to go up on the roof, be around equipment which, he said, produces one million volts. Also taking those boys along on storm chasing missions. This all sounds like child endangerment to me.


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Ask the Sheriff how big he thinks the balloon would have to be to lift the kid.


Jay   October 15th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

They should just stop the interview now. The kid just said he was told that they were doing it for a show.


Raj   October 15th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

the kids are smiling, mom is laughing out loud and the dad cannot make a sentence. geez the cop on TV doesnt know what the kid said on TV. update the cop wolf


Tanya   October 15th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

How did this guy not break this story right now that this family is lying? The kid said it himself that the father said it was for the show that he didn't answer when he was in the box in the attic. The father is lying, he can't even breathe! I hope they are investigating this – this is staged – they didn't let the kid answer anything after he said that he was in the box and didn't answer because it was for the show. Let the kid speak!


john   October 15th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

This father needs to be charged with improperly using police and emergency responder resources.
Wolf Blitzer covered the White House, and he did not pick up on the kid saying it was all done for show and had no opinion of the father and mother's body language after he said it???
I mean, wow!


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I am going to be very angry as well if Larry doesn't call them on the carpet for the kids earlier comment. What is going on here?


OCLady   October 15th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Thats right, Chase. I heard or thought I heard those same exact word as well and then followed by a lot of ahmming and stumbing over his fat lip. What did Art Linkletter use to say:

'Kids Say The Darndest Things'.

Ain't that the truth!

Now put on good ol' Uncle Arnie, will ya.


Jerry Chomyn   October 15th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Ask why he called the TV stations?


Lisa   October 15th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Six year olds are the worst liars! I use to try and get mine to lie and it never worked. It backfired on me! So good for them! They were busted on live TV!


Bill   October 15th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

This family was on abc's Wife Swap and if you read their bio they talk about their "flying saucer". It seems as if this was all just a publicity stunt. Apparently fifteen minutes of fame was not enough.


isidra   October 15th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

They are lying. The little boy clearly said he did not come out because it was for a show. When Wolfe told the father to ask the little boy why he did not come out , the father nervously said you were asleep in the attic right? they are looking for publicity, they need to repay for all expenses...


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I'll never get this hour back.


Nicole Couto   October 15th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The poor eldest Son is mortified. He knows and is just trying to hold it together.


Viirginia   October 15th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

WOLFE....Look at the little boy in the red...he knows they are lying and feels bad....BUST THE PARENTS...Falcon just said it was for show about 30 minutes ago....C'MON NOW


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

What are they going to tell the CPS.


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The Sheriff should investigate "Helium Lift" in the case against this hoaxter.

The dad should pay for the National Guard and Helicopters etc.

The dad knows that small balloon can only lift 20 lbs net lift – at best – less in high altitude Colorado!


Audrey Martells   October 15th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Apparently Major Smith wasn't watching CNN to hear the child confess that it was hoax.


Sarkis   October 15th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

This is bad for television. The kids can not stand still, they keep coughing, have the kids leave. They did the entire hour on this and you can tell they are uncomfortable. The kid said for the show as well which is evident this seems fake and planned.


Lori   October 15th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I'm almost sure that when the father asked Falcon why he stayed in the attic, he said "because you guys said it was part of the show"Please listen to his reply carefully...;....


LMG   October 15th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

OMG!!!! No evidence of a hoax?! The kid just said it to millions! Larry Come Home!! That dad is sweating bullets right now!


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Sickos!!


gary   October 15th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

WOLF!!!! Did you hear what the kid said "for the show"???
Ask the father Wolf before i jjump into my TV!!!!!


Ted P   October 15th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Wolf, please please please ask little Falcon about his "show" comment. I want to see the Dad sweat some more.


Abdul   October 15th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

If AC 360 spends a sec today on this story, I am going to shoot myself...


Lysa   October 15th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

PLEASE replay the tape where you asked if the boy heard his parents yelling his name. You didn't pick up on the fact that the boy said,"You said it was for a show" The Dad blew it off. But children always speak the truth!!!
This is a very sad case of pimping out your kids for media coverage. They were already on "Wife Swap"!


Army Veteran   October 15th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Looks Like Major Barney Fife has fallen for this story too. Call in Jessica Fletcher. She will solve the mystery..


Amanda   October 15th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I came on here just to make sure I did hear what I thought. what the little boy said. and wolf said I heard him but nothing else. come on we all know the truth now. and watch the little boy shake his head yes and stuff. something is up BIG time.


jackie   October 15th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

PLEASE...call in family services...this family is strange..these boys are bizarre...what is wrong with this family?? PLEASE someone save these little boys from these weirdo parents...LARRY, you've lost a LONG time v iewer...i don't have time for this nonsens..too much going on in the world...maybe you can relate to this messy family life but it seems that myself and most of the other viewers don't!! although i;m sure they;ll be on the Today show tomorrow doing the same stupid stuff...let's all turn the channel and watch Good Morning America to prove a point:)


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I just don't understand why you won't ask the dad about the kids earlier comment. You just let him cover things up. Why?


Sam   October 15th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

So does anyone think Wolf is going to ask a real question = maybe he wants to host the new reality show.
Lets think of some names for the show.
How about – How I perpetrated a Hoax and CNN helped me do it.


michelle dutton   October 15th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Did anyone just hear the boy say that "you said we did it for the show" to his Dad???????????? or am I crazy???? Why didn't the announcer address Falcon's statement?????? Help!!!!! Obviously they told the kids this whole stunt was to get on tv....how can the cnn producers of missed that??? Arent there other people that heard the kid say that on Larry king live about 15 minutes ago??????


Heather   October 15th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Thats too bad the whole worlds hearts were breaking for this fake family!!!!!!!!!!!!


Solara   October 15th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I would just like to say I surely hope CNN and the stupid police out in Colorado give the viewers here credit for being the grounded and intelligent ones.

We have ALL called it and can see and hear right through all these lies by this family.
Those poor children, being used like this.

The dad is trying to promote their music careers?

I have never seen more shoddy reporting and interviewing, ever!!

Wolf sounds like an idiot and the cops sound even dumber.

Maybe the cops should hold up on their assessment until they get a hold of the transcript and tapes of this show and take that little boy in for some chocolate chip cookies, milk and some serious questions!


Luis Cordero   October 15th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Mr. wolf look at the fathers body language< and ask him why he's not asking his son the same questions you're asking him.


Claudio, Toronto, Ontario   October 15th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Wolf,
Cut this family some slack. They've had a tough day.
Claudio


Nick Z.   October 15th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

you have to give wolf a break tho he got the hoax out of the kid and apperntly to police didnt


Ted P   October 15th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

The hoax comments are about 100%. Living proof that your viewing audience can smell a hoax a mile away.


f   October 15th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES!!!!! GIVE THE QUESTIONS TO THE LITTLE BOY WOLF. I GUARANTEE THIS MESS WOULD END QUICKLY


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I keep hearing of confesions of fraud by the chiled whats up with this.


sandy willard   October 15th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Oh please Anderson Cooper...call these parents out on their lies.. please please please!!!!!


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

frozen woman cheats death! ooooooH!


Army Veteran   October 15th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I think it was really a Hot air balloon.. Oh. Anderson Cooper is going to
weigh in too. Time to go back to Hannity and sanity..


kristie   October 15th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

When the kids got up from their chairs the producers were probably asking them questions. That's why wolf didn't ask them about the "it was for show" comment.


Luis Cordero   October 15th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Wolf ask him did he get fired from his last job.


Ken   October 15th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Study the nonverbal communication. These people are lying! This is all for show. Thw KId sad he hid for a "THE SHOW".

The dad is sweating bullets and the mom forgot her english.

They are frauds!


smd   October 15th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Whoa! I didn't want to believe this was a stunt, but when the little boy said "...it was for the show" and Dad freaked, I couldn't help but wonder.

Then when they showed photos of the attic in the garage, I really started to wonder. That is a pull down stairway. It is extremely hard for an adult to get the stairway back up from INSIDE the garage. So if the ladder was down, did no one think to look up there? If the ladder in the garage was up, WHO put the ladder back up?

Then back to my original thought that 'Buddy' here brought up, how much weight could the balloon hold and ... did authorities go a little too far before hearing facts regarding the balloon itself. Don't get me wrong, I am happy that authorities took action, but perhaps it was time to stand back and THINK.


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Does the dude in the orange suit think that the balloon could have lifted the kid?

Hey America

"Got Science?"

Guess not!

lol


Ted P   October 15th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Stop wasting time Wolf – Ask Falcon the question we all want to hear.


Raj   October 15th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

i agree. ask the father about the show comment. please. this guy needs some counselling.


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Mike Fink

Check out how big the balloon would have to be to lift the kid at all!


junko   October 15th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Your correct !!! most News stations don't do the news. They just report "events" Before there used to be investigative Journalism. Now the news is just a bunch of sensationalism... Brought to You By....Cialis, and go to meeting.

There was a few years back, a staged event in Buffalo were a group or artists created an event, and actual news media showed up. Cannel 7 didn't even know What they were filming.


Jacksonville   October 15th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Am I the only one that thinks this is a joke? Are you kidding me? After the first 15 minute segment, it was clear this was almost nonsense. I am glad the child is safe, but spending hours in an attic? Huh? What child does that, and most importantly WHY does he do it. Too much hair on this for me. CNN gave way too much air time to this family. So sad. They had their 15 minutes of fame, now move on. Don't milk it any more, please!!!!


jack   October 15th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Hey , Anderson thanks for interjecting the part about govenor Perry not staying the execution of an innocent man. If Texas secedes from US , like he suggested, they will have a merry old time with him at the helm. Hey , Wait, maybe they won't be dumb enough to elect him next time . One can only hope.


Forrest   October 15th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Wolf,

When you asked him why he didn't come out of the garage and if he heard his parents calling him, he said that "it was for the show." Is that not proof enough?!?


Sandra   October 15th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

This is SOOOOO painful....three minutes to go .....

Wolf – go home and watch the show at 9pm. Enjoy your retirement.

God help us and God help those three children & that wife.


gary   October 15th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

John Goslin has officially been de-throned!!


michael armstrong sr.   October 15th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

After all this crap I bet you build a fence with a lock on it huh .


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Wolf, when you follow up on this and find out how much that dad's balloon can really lift, you are going to feel foolish I think.


John   October 15th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Finally WOLF!!!!


Heather   October 15th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

UHHHH the boy admitted it was fake with his answer to the question "why didnt u come out when we called ur name? Answer was ....... Because you said it was for a show


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


quest   October 15th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

wolf you are great. finally you asked the question.


susan   October 15th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

CNN, this story is scandalous and is cheapening your channel. I can't believe you didn't press them more on the "show" thing. Get them OUT of the limelight – NOW! Absolutely revolting.


smd   October 15th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Again, WHO pulled the garage attic stairway down and WHO put the attic stairway back up. If it was still down, why didn't anyone look in the garage attic?


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Busted.....


Nicole Couto   October 15th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

OMG! OMG!


myke   October 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I don't know about the hoax thing but these are 2 spacey parents. I didn 't see the beginning of the show but when the kid was asked if he had anything to say to all the people who looked for him and he didn't answer, the mother just quietly said thank you. If one of my kids had sent the whole country into a tailspin wiht police, media, helicopters, etc. I would be all over the place expressing my gratitude to those who expended time and money looking for him.


sandy willard   October 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

oh here we gooooo!! yay!!!


Amanda   October 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

LMAO look at the father hahahahaha


quest   October 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

the dad is freaked out


John   October 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

The Dad doesn't want to ask him because its a Hoax!!!


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Thank you, Wolf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You've redeemed yourself.


Luis Cordero   October 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

You see Wolf he's avoiding you now............He better go to jail.


sandy willard   October 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

trying to weasel his way out..i love it..liar liar !!


Army Veteran   October 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Good Job Wolf. You nailed him..


Sandra   October 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Hey Dad – it was YOUR SON that said it ... not Wolf


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Wow....your kid said it not Wolf.


Ted P   October 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Tell him it's the listening audience that feels this way


gary   October 15th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Go get him Anderson!!!! I will watch 360 tonight instead of Jay Leno – this is funnier!!!


Luis Cordero   October 15th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Cold Busted........He needs a lawyer.


jackie   October 15th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

ah-ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NABBED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

after an entire HOUR of this guy's incoherent rambling......he doesn't want to answer ONE question!

oh boy – - we now have America's newest Child Exploitation family replacing Jon and Kate Gosselin!


junko   October 15th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Let the boy speak!
The father is so suspicious.


Sam   October 15th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Dad doesn't want to play any more.


sandy willard   October 15th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

don't back off now wolf!!


Rick   October 15th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

C'mon Wolf !!!

You heard it...we ALL heard the little guy et the cat outa the bag. When you asked if he heard the family calling his name...his reply was "YES".

When his Dad asked further..."why didn't you come out"? The little guy responded... "because of the SHOW". At that point we all saw the Dad turn white and get visibly flustered>

It's obvious now that this whole thing was a set up by the parents.

My question is now...which is worse? Irresponsible parents who put their children in harms way like originally believed? Or... Someone who use their children as well as all of the resources used today for a phony stunt like this?


Amanda   October 15th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

yes it does mean we think it a hoax DONT LIE to him wolf. let him have it


Rachel   October 15th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Wolf – Leave this family alone! I don't know that I can ever watch you again. I guess you don't have children. They are obviously emotionally beat, yet trying to comply. Leave them alone!


david   October 15th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

this guy is a fake , they need to charge him with the bill for all the city state and gov. services he used


John   October 15th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Wolfe we are suggesting that its a hoax!!!!


myke   October 15th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Oh my godness. Daddy is annoyed that he has to go on tv to explain something that had the country in an uproar and cost a fortune in taxpayer funds.


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

If this family gets a reality show, I'll shoot myself.


quest   October 15th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Busted..this guy is for sure in deep trouble. WOLF. you cant leave it like this . no way. disappointing. you cant give in.man You are CNN


Jaz   October 15th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

and we all heard what the little boy said!!!!!! liars


vicky   October 15th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Wolf you nail it at last second good job


sandy willard   October 15th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

he is calling his lawyer right now...


quest   October 15th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

male version of octomom !!!


alex smith   October 15th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

did you see that? he wouldnt even let the boy talk anymore


Dodie ~ California   October 15th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

How about discussing New York State mandating all health care workers receive the H1N1 vaccine?

How about teachers, police officers, prison guards, bus drivers, etc...etc....etc...


Luis Cordero   October 15th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Anderson you need to expose the tape to the world before some other news station takes the story from you!


carol kesling   October 15th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

i cant beleive the way all of you people are bashing wolf !!!!!he happens to be a very respectful person. and you do not know for a fact that this was a staged event... my god how would you all feel if your child was missing and everyone told you you were all staging this event ??? please be kind, unless you are in their shoes.... what would you say if you were wrong and the child was dead ???


ellen   October 15th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Ohhhhhhh Boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy......

It seems as if our doubts have been confirmed...Daddy couldn't even ask Falcon why he said what he said.....what a COVER-UP....


Audrey Martells   October 15th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Finally the question....... to bad the Dad got wise to the trap!!!

Scary family Happy Halloween!!!!


Dan Lorber   October 15th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Did anyone else hear the boy say that the whole thing was a show? Then the Dad was defensive at the end? What con-artists!


Ken   October 15th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I called the Sheriff there and they said they are getting the tape from CNN and the lead investigator is informed of this (they are getting a lot of calls about the boy's comment and dad's reaction).


Ashley   October 15th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

The dad refused to ask the kid why he said that. This is rediculous. I'm upset.


jack   October 15th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Really, why shouldn't this guy reimburse some of our tax money when the Feds chased the baloon , and got in on the action. And if this guy keeps getting all this publicity he will be in pig heaven. If he gets any payments for these shows or a reality show, boycott it and protest to the stations.


Kate ford   October 15th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Oh Wolfy you let the weasel slip through the cracks!


kim   October 15th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

That was painful to watch, the dad is guilty as sin!!! he wouldn't re-ask his son the question!!!! these parents should be locked up!!!


Dodie ~ California   October 15th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Oh no..... now Anderson is discussing the balloon boy!!! Time to turn the channel


jack   October 15th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Really, why shouldn't this guy reimburse some of our tax money when the Feds chased the baloon , and got in on the action?. And if this guy keeps getting all this publicity he will be in pig heaven. If he gets any payments for these shows or a reality show, boycott it and protest to the stations.


Jon B   October 15th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Thankyou Wolf you did it, you asked the question and Daddy got caught in the lie, hehe , did you see how defensive he got, wow what a moment. Thanks Wolf , but why back up from it like you did , but anyway these Parents should be charged for the big waste of time < Shame on them all of them


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Did you really, Ken? Awesome.


Gi Gi   October 15th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I think you need to run this tape for the police. The dad knew he was caught from the moment he said it. Justice please.


Sam   October 15th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

So will the charade continue or will CNN rerack the tape and let the little boy tell the truth – "it was for the show"...


connie marten   October 15th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Falcon say's " you guys said, we did it for the show". The dad clearly realizes the boy spilled the beans and was then scrambling to figure out what to say. He needs to be charged!


Strick   October 15th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Absolutely Poor job Wolf I am very disappointed lets hope Anderson does better. Larry would have!


sandy willard   October 15th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I feel bad for thesae kids that have no clue their dad is using them for publicity...but please replay the tape of the kid saying it was for the show..

Please Anderson!!!!


chitra   October 15th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

i was watching larry king live special show on the balloon drama. wow..iam surprised at the extent media can torture a family that is just trying to come out of shock. what more, the questions were asked just to spend one full hour and cash in from the advertisements. larry king could not even think about the indirect impact he might have on the three little children specially Falcon. what an indecent way of capturing news. i was particularly happy when richard clearly showed his disappointment at the repeated questions trying to demean the parents. He was decent enough for the indecent questions.


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Thanks, Ken!!!!


Quietstorm   October 15th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Someone on here said cut the family some slack they had a hard day..no America had a hard day..those of us that were watching the balloon flying in the air and praying that the child was alright..our emotions went from panic to wtf..I had to watch a balloon flying in the air for an hour or so just to find out that this was all for show...wow..what a waste of time..


sandy willard   October 15th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Anderson..this is your moment!!
Break the story...show the tape!!!!


Ken   October 15th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

People, people. The sheriff is getting the tape from CNN and are aware of the kid's comment and dad's reaction. People have been calling them. Including me.


Ashley   October 15th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

They should have to pay for all of the people who were involved in finding the child. Not to mention all of the people in the stock market business who were so worried about this kid instead of the stocks..


Strick   October 15th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

More over the Law enforcement is allowing this charade to continue by not acknowledging that they have been duped.


Tim - Mountain View, California   October 15th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Wolf Blitzer should be ashamed to ask (and expect an answer) from a six year old kid about what he meant by his comment about "doing it for the show." How I long for the days of Walter Cronkite. CNN ought to apologize to the family.


f   October 15th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

WOLF I WONT BE TO HARD ON YOU...IM U KEPT THROWING IN THE BAIT...THE DAD GRABBED IT, HOOKED HIS SELF AND HE WAS CAUGHT....GOOD JOB.


marie hansen   October 15th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

just finish watching LKL, they people can not tell the truth, the father never does look into anyone eyes, and as for the 6 yr old staying in an atic for over 3hrs, this kid can not even stay still for 5 mins let alone 3 hrs. I would also like to see this atic


Sherri   October 15th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Someone contact Child Protection Services!!!!
Now, that we all know it was a hoax I'm afraid he is going to hurt little Falconand the rest of the family for blowing the interview!!!


Heather   October 15th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Think again buddy LMAO


david   October 15th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I hope Cnn is not paying this family a cent !!!


michelle dutton   October 15th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Richard Heene works for CNN. When asked by wolf about Falcons statement about "for the show", and Richard said I don't know what you are alluding to, Wolf immediately said no, we are happy your child was safe....it's all because Heene works for CNN....can you believe that???????? Heene is a weather reporter and CNN was possibly protecting him by not questioning further......


sunnie   October 15th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Gary!

You're so right.....this is sooo funny!

(if it weren't so sad because of these obviously problematic children and their exploitative parents)

but I have to admit, I am rolling reading some of these comments.

I LOVE our bright, intelligent and witty viewers!!!!


Kathy   October 15th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

I can not believe CNN and Wolf Blitzer spent an hour on this stupid contrived story and now Anderson is having to pick up the reins?
You should all be embarassed for enabling this bunch of attention seekers who are instilling some interesting values in their children.


Bob   October 15th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

When Wolf Blitzer asked why the kid didn't respond when he heard his parents calling for him, Falcon clearly says, "you guys said that we were doing this for a show."

Richard says, "umm".
Mom says, "no".

Wolf said , "I heard what he said, but it wasn't really clear."

Falcon's comment was ignored.


Luis Cordero   October 15th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

You need Nancy Grace to take over for Larry King and keep Wolf in his office.


Ken   October 15th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Heene does not work for CNN, he sends in iReports to them, as anyone can. It is little more than sending CNN an email.


Marci   October 15th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I'm appalled and so sad since CNN's Larry King and AC 360 were the only programs I watched on TV besides my sports teams. Now I'm disgusted. This guy and his submissive wife should be held accountable for putting their kids through this and duping the authorities and CNN.


Amanda   October 15th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

im scared for the boy as well


tom frazier   October 15th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

HOAX!!!!!!.......the kid said it was a "show".......father is a NUT!!


Amanda   October 15th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

anderson just played it over again


Heather   October 15th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

OMGGGGGGGGGGGG


Michelle   October 15th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Thank you Anderson!!!


bobby   October 15th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

the family was on WIFE SWAP!!!!!!!!!!
You have to see that episode!

The father is incredibly irresponsible. CNN should review that episode and you would see why this occured


Heather   October 15th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Caught!!!!!!!! RED HANDED LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Forrest   October 15th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Thank you for calling him out!!!!!


Ken   October 15th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Did anyone get the interview recorded?

Put a clip from just before the kid admitted it and for the next 10 minutes. The dad was falling apart at the seems.

Post the YouTube video URL here when done, please.


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

good entertainment!


michelle dutton   October 15th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Thank you Ken for that info.... 🙂


junko   October 15th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

the neighbor is "In" on it too. Like the Truman Show!


OCLady   October 15th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Hey...Check out Richard Heene on the IMDB . He is also a writer, producer and composer of a short called Play Box or something like that-There's a clue. Damn method actors and a bad one at that. I hope the bum gets charged with all sorts of mean, nasty and ugly violations. Thanks to Falcon. Now I think CPS should keep a watch cuz maybe Falcons' gonna be in very deep dodoo. Bunch of whack jobs! My son warned me all these people with all these stories were plants for ratings-Maybe I better start paying attention!


Jackie   October 15th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

WoW!
This is worse than I even originally heard.
The little boy says the parents TOLD HIM what to say!!!!!!!

Falcon: "You guys said, this was for the show......"

father...."man".....like...we got nabbed...Big Time!

(on Anderson Cooper....neighbor sounds real credible, too, calling the family "well-adjusted")

well-adjusted, happy kids? DId he not just watch the clip of "wife swap"
I have not seen a bigger lunatic on tv - the man is scary, crazy!!!!!

Will he say the same thing when he hacks his wife into pieces and scatters her around the neighborhood?


Sandra Oliver   October 15th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

I have totally lost my faith in CNN as objective journalism, this is so painful, the older kid lied the younger, Falcon said it was for show, call the cops, I cant believe Wolf didnt follow up, letting it go is so bad for the kids, just feeds their behavior. Get child protecyive services is there, this is horrible, the parents are nuts


joanie morgan yort   October 15th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Yes, Wolf, you did ask about question but NOT the whole question. The boy said something else like, -you told us not to cuz we did it for the show. Hope the police department and the federal agencies involved replay that tape over and over and over-slowly-until they also hear what we all heard. If you are in law enforcement or FAA or know someone who is, please ask them to review this. That man is a disgrace and should not be a parent.


Luis Cordero   October 15th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

The District attorneys office should investigate the kids because you can believe this when they go back to school and some kid ask Falcon what happen I can bet that he's going to spill the beans.......


quest   October 15th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

poor kids and poor wife. Have to live with this freak face


Tanya   October 15th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

The dad's demeanor seemed to completely change after that kid said that – he was hyperventilating, not answering the questions, couldn't think straight – the tape speaks for itself. Then they don't let the kid speak again – both parents interject every time preventing the boy from speaking.


bobby   October 15th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

the family was on WIFE SWAP!!

watch the episode
they are only trying to get attention

the family should have to pay for all of the expenses that resulted from this game they are playing


Dodie ~ California   October 15th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

@ Jackie

The neighbor stated that "they are an unusual family" He also stated that the family helped him. So it would be difficult for the neighbor to say anything else...


Heather   October 15th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

TAKE THAT KID AWAY FROM THEM.. They stuffed him in a box in the attic for 4 hours. Child services where are you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Buddy   October 15th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Here is the what I can figure out that makes sense

The police and national guard, and the TV crews were too daft to understand that a balloon of that size had no chance to lift more than 20lbs.

These "in charge" groups were gullible and were duped.

They didn't bother to find out what a volume of helium gas can lift.

They will not admit that they made big mistakes – so they say they believe the dad's stories about it, and will not charge him for the media stunt hoax.


joanie morgan   October 15th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Just saw it again and the boy said"YOU SAID WE DID IT FOR THE SHOW". very sad. That little guy will probably be yelled at for sure for telling the truth. That man needs to be put in jail. He is not a good father.


Dodie ~ California   October 15th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

@ Jason

( lol ) Looking for a book deal! More people this year are writing biographies than any other time. Wonder what will happen to all those unsold books?


Colleen B   October 15th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Holy cow- I almost crapped my pants when Falcon said, "you told me we were doing it for a show." The father was clearly nervous and flustered. And then his complete defensiveness toward Wolf, and his fake alligator tears before the kid's confession.
I wasted 9 hours of my day on a story that I thought was a true and heart-wrenching, and ultimately a happy ending. IF this was a hoax, then I am majorly pissed off!!! I feel completely taken advantage of, and made a fool of personally! When Wolf announced that Falcon had been found and was safe, I started bawling, and if this sicko put his family up to this, then he should be prosecuted. Like someone else said on this chat, "I hope the police are watching this interview!" I would not be surprised if there was an investigation now.


Tanya   October 15th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

The father wanted the boy and boys to get publicity for their music career –


bobby   October 15th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

im going to bed. i hope i wake up and find the clips from WIFESWAP on the news showing that this man has no business having children


Army Veteran   October 15th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I was stuck in traffic in NYC for a few hours. It was great entertainment on CNN on XM Radio to listen to all the "experts" check in on the flight pattern, wind direction, the need for Superman etc.. It made the time go quickly. And I kept saying hoax, hoax.. I hope this nut case has his day in court.


michelle dutton   October 15th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Kids tell the truth!!!!!!!! It wasnt about the kids statement, it was the fathers reaction they should be talking about....I can't believe CNN is surprised about the percentage of viewers who think it's a hoax. We have rewound the dvr a few times and look at the mothers reaction as well....it could be that CNN is embarrassed because they had live shoots/coverage all day long....believe what your viewers are posting CNN....always caution for the safety of the children...something needs to be done.....


Eduardo Cervantes   October 15th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

The boy said it best: "We did it for the cameras."


Vaughan   October 15th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

This family has a story that is full of hot air. Total garbage.


Dodie ~ California   October 15th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

There are Tee shirts made entitled...

"GO FALCON GO"

I wonder if this stunt was to sell Tee Shirts?, Write a book? or sell his balloon invention?????


R.Owen   October 15th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

It is absurd to believe this family planned this out and expected to turn this into a huge news story and somehow could have acted this out. The balloon took off , the father called FAA and then 911. They had to respond when the 10-year-old said his brother was inside. The police and FAA all had to react to this possibility. Apparently there are a lot of people out there who do not have children to believe three young boys could be trusted to act out this fiasco. Lighten up people. It was great news even if you did not get a body at the end.


Marie   October 15th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Thank God the boy is ok but The parent's admitted they were in the back yard and when wolf asked falcon if he heard everyone calling him he said yes and then said why didn't you come out. He said You said we did it for the show.. Grrr makes me angry if this was a stunt.


david   October 15th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Just watch in the morning they will be all over every talk show in the morning , the today show . good morning america and the early show , the father will probrbaly do them shows because kids will be asleep and wont foil the plan to get attention !!!!!!!


Gi Gi   October 15th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

I just looked at that u-tube and I noticed that when Wolf asked if the mother thought the boy was in the balloon, she did not answer but changed the subject instead to ramble on about where they searched. Did you believe the boy was on board is a yes or no question


Jeannette Rousseau   October 15th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

I am embarrassed for Wolf Blitzer. What is he doing covering this type of non-story? I was annoyed with the long coverage to begin with and then it turns out that it's a hoax and Wolf does not pick up on it.

Even before the boy opened his mouth, Wolf should have asked how can a 6 year old boy hide for 4 hrs in an attic. He could not even sit still on the show.


Mer   October 15th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

I was home sick today and near the area I was so distraught I took off in my car for a few hpours to lend my eyes. There were so much area to look over. I was elated he was found. I think the family is odd but sincere.


Dodie ~ California   October 15th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Search the internet for......................

go falcon go tshirt

You will find a complete line of Tee Shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc. Maybe this family needed the media to get people to purchase their line of stuff!!!

Just too funny...


Mer   October 15th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

The children looked tired and wiggly like young children. I am sure during the breaks the parents were trying to keep them settled and alert for the cameras. Yopung children are very much in the present to and his comment about "for the show" could have been about the interview.


david   October 15th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

And its funny some idiots will buy this crap


Maurice   October 15th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Readers, Wolf knew that the family is lying but for legal reasons, he cannot indicate this. In fact, at this point, CNN's lawyers probably e-mailed both Wolf and Anderson to DROP the story. Notice how Anderson initially said that he would ask certain questions but later dropped the story?


kathryn   October 15th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

NO BLOODY WONDER THE WORLD BELIEVES MICHAEL J. IS DEAD. LOOK AT THE CRAP WE'RE FED !


R.Owen   October 15th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

I am sorry you all seemed to be angry and believe you must have been duped rather than accept that this was just one of those things. I swear, you act like you are mad the child is okay.

We all watched the same interview. Amazing! I think they are a great example of the diversity in our country. This is a family that is different. That is ok with me. I will make it a point to watch them on the morning shows if they are on.


Evelyn   October 15th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Yes I really think this is a real life event, and I am sure the boys words were ( you guys said we did this for a show ) referring to the media and I have a DVR and back it up several times. You know kids do not know how to express themselves as we adults and I really think the kid's remarks were about the media sense the media was the one asking the questions he was telling the media what the media said to them when he was found, again ( You guys said we did this for a show ) referring to the media the one who ask the questions. He sees a camera and people interviewing so he assumes they were the ones asking if they did that for a show. Please find each and every word he said in the sentence and you will hear it their. He did not say ( We did this for a show ) but said ( You guys said we did this for a show ) The family went true to much today and it would be unfair for the world to doubt them.


Timothy   October 15th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

i think the dad is a very good father. the boy should be grounded for a year for screwing up his father's plans


david   October 15th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

someone needs to get a ;ife if they watch this stuff in morning hahahahah


Susan   October 15th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

And his name is " FALCON " imagine that did they plan this when he was born? HAHAHA!!!


June   October 15th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

this reaty show crap, is ruing peoples lives,,,,all for sake of money.... get this reality show off the AIR! for sake of kids


Dodie ~ California   October 15th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

@ Maurice

I completely agree with you. CNN must be careful... I am sure they do not want to be involved in a lawsuit!

@ R Owen.

I don't know who is angry, but I think it is hilarious! I certainly have the freedom to change the channel if I do not like what I am being "fed" on TV! Just love over 180 channels to choose from!


Heidi   October 15th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

I think the father should arrested...being a very poor father. Should know where your children are when you have something like this in back yard.

Why do we have 6 six blog on something like this. Easy arrest the man case closed.


Dodie ~ California   October 15th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

Search the internet for………………….

go falcon go tshirt

You will find a complete line of Tee Shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc. Maybe this family needed the media to get people to purchase their line of stuff!!!

@ David:

I completely agree with you... it is also Just too funny that people will purchase this crap!


joanie morgan   October 15th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

I am worried for Falcon tonight–after all the press leave-and he has to take the punishment for "telling the truth". Kids tell it like it is, Protective custody–please keep an eye on those 3 boys before it is too late-please.


myke   October 15th, 2009 11:52 pm ET

JUst have to add one more comment. Just saw my local paper web news. They have a pic of Falcon sliding down the roof of the family's home onto the windshield of the family van. . Somebody needs to control these kids. Parenting classes anyone?


lola   October 16th, 2009 12:07 am ET

Maurice.....you are wrong.

Journalists have free reign in questioning...protected by the First Amendment – Freedom of Speech.

check it!


bobby   October 16th, 2009 12:08 am ET

CNN has bits of the WIFE SWAP episode on their website. You can see the father is missing a few candles on the birthday cake


Heather   October 16th, 2009 12:17 am ET

@Evelyn No Honey, Get real!!! Its not about what the boy said even, look at the parents reactions when it was said and how he fumbled from that point on!!!! LOL @Evelyn <--- so naive


katie   October 16th, 2009 12:19 am ET

Oh come on people! If you really believe that this ISN’T a hoax then there is something wrong with u! Listen to the little boy! The little boy was put on the spot and so was the father. The little boy answered truthfully. I feel bad for the children. Why would an parent make their child participate in anything like this. They should have to pay all of the money that they cost tax payers for the “search” as well as charged with criminal charges.

And yea… The father was a nervous wreck. I was in shock at how badly the entire interview went and how he acted during the entire thing. Did you notice how the dad reacted right after they boy said that it was for the show… and the long silence from the father after he was asked to to tell the boy to clearify what he meant by “it was for the show” and then he wouldn’t even let the boy answer. HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are horrible actors… fake crying… fake everything.

We were all hoping and praying for this little boys safetly and for the family and then the whole thing turned out to be fake. What pitiful parents!!

If this doesn’t scream HOAX then I don’t know what does. Those poor kids


John   October 16th, 2009 12:32 am ET

Well I think this was a stunt, the kid spilled the beans. I hope he dont into trouble..


Lisa   October 16th, 2009 12:38 am ET

This guy is a real piece of work. He missed his calling as a dramatic actor. I think the mother and father should be arrested and charged for every expense associated to this hoax.. Did you see the look on the two older boys faces when Falcon answered "it was for a show" like deers in the headlights of a car. If they get any more publicity I am going to scream!!! By the way, is this guy on drugs or what. I am embarrased to call him an American – grow up.


OCLady   October 16th, 2009 1:03 am ET

Balloon Filled With Helium - Dad and Mom Filled with Hot Air


Jason E. Chmiel   October 16th, 2009 4:04 am ET

Come on please arrest the father and the mother and lock all three of the kids up. The family is whacked, two big liars and three little ones. Wolf grow some balls and learn how to interigate. Please tell me you are going to investigate further.


Ken   October 16th, 2009 5:27 am ET

Thanks for deleting half of my comments. *_*


Andrea Rapolthy   October 16th, 2009 6:12 am ET

What a silly interview – with this family, so unnecessary. And the last question to the boy, why he said: it was all for the show! – Wolf Blitzer chickened out when Dad said he was appalled! So we will never know.


Devil's Advocate   October 16th, 2009 9:16 am ET

I'll play the Devil's Advocate here. There are many questioning Falcon's comment last night when asked why he didn't answer when his parents were calling for him. He said, "It was for a show." Do I remember that the oldest brother was videoing the activity of the morning? Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me that I heard something about him videoing the family activity with the balloon. That being the situation – could Falcon have been referring to the "show" his brother was videoing? You notice that this family seems to be into videoing everything. Falcon's comment may have had nothing to do with a show in the sense that folks are trying to make it. He may have been talking about his brother's "show".


Mike   October 16th, 2009 9:47 am ET

CNN will only post your comment if it is good for THEM!!!! If you say something Neg for CNN thats a NO NO


Lys   October 16th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

Since I heard about this story, the ballon landed empty without the boy and the boy was found in the attic, I always thought suspiciously about the parents. For me this sound like a sort of SCAM!!! made up to be famous the parents and the ballon invention product. When the kid was interview she clearly stated "you guys said we did this for the show", what better evidence to prosecute this case from the boy! I consider this couple should be bill for the cost of search for their kids from police, federal, state government agencies and be fine for fraud or maybe more because this was only done to obtained free marketing for the product and be fame for the ballon product. This behavior should not be tolerated at all...

Thanks,
Lys, MBA
Washington, DC


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