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October 18th, 2009
02:15 PM ET

Body Language Betrays Balloon 'Hoax'

Countless people had been skeptical from the outset of the runaway balloon saga. Even before the sheriff in Larimer Co., Colo., determined it was an alleged hoax, a professional body-language analyst explained to CNN's Don Lemon the numerous "hot spots" that signaled a probable deception.

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  1. Dodie ~ California

    These reality shows, many produced by TLC, are creating a real problem in this country. Now, narcissistic parents that want to be seen on TV will be producing publicity stunts and possibly endangering their children in the process. This is an excellent example of this growing trend.

    (( We Must put a STOP to all reality shows involving children ))

    Any network producing such shows will be sued for promoting child endangerment!

    October 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  2. Margie

    I asked my students how can a boy who can't sit still in front of the TV while in his father's lap stay hidden inside a box in the attic. Answer:
    Maybe he was drugged. I was glad when I heard that Protective Services was looking into the matter. My first reaction when the boy was found was to give this boy community service. After I saw this little boy, I thought that maybe the community service should be given to both parents. Jail time would not be so harsh for the father. I believe the father is the instigator and the wife and children just follow this attention getter con artist. The newspaper said that the balloon could be used to put on to of the garage to commute to work? Oh, please! And what if this ballon was sucked up an airplane engine then what?

    October 18, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  3. Salman

    I knew it was a hoax all along. Its such a relief that this wholoe thing is over. This father is really sick . He needs help.

    October 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  4. anna

    Richard Heene is obviously unstable, and is DHS not concerned that he might do something crazy, esp. given possible domestic abuse in past? It's my hope that the kids are quickly separated from these parents, as unfortunate as the whole situation is.

    October 18, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  5. Jodi

    What I would like to know that when CNN states specifically that it was a "HOAX" and that the media "sensationalized" the coverage, and that the parents duped the media and the law enforcement, the WHY are you people still talking of this? You are giving and feeding right in to what these people wanted in the first place.

    Think about it. If you report, though they say they "are in it for the publicity", then you are no better than they are. Your teaching them that this is a "great opportunity" and they actually have to do nothing but sit in their home and they get what they set out to get, "notarization"!

    October 18, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  6. Cheryl

    Hats off to Wolf Blitzer for his great reporting on the Balloon boy story. Seems he was doing his own investigation. Good Job.

    October 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm |
  7. joe

    I knew that they were lying when the mother would'nt let go of her grasp on the two older children during the interview!!

    October 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm |
  8. elena

    I think especially father of the "balloon boy" should be punished, but not put to prison. Psychological check and serious treatment for all family. I feel bad for boys.

    October 18, 2009 at 7:55 pm |
  9. benard b borgen

    mr. be more precise...the volume of a hemisphere is given as 2/3pi r cubed. if r =10ft then v=2095.6 cu.ft. a min of 3250 cu ft is needed. thank you

    October 18, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  10. Eileen

    I hope that the parts involve on this discussion will consider the damage they incur for the future. I would never expose myself to any interviews from any media company if I am going to be scrutinized this way. In many examples how are going to trust anyone.

    October 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  11. A. Smith

    The child's body language indicates he was Mentally Abused by Sheriff Jim and his deputy's during the time he was whisked away from his parents to be privately questioned by Sheriff Jim.

    Authority figures wearing a badge and a handgun can and often do put a tremendous amount of pressure on a child to make false or misleading statements about the actions of their parents.

    Look at Sheriff Jim's body language while he is on the media stand crowing about how he single handedly solved the case, he is the true villain here.

    A. Smith

    October 19, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  12. stevelaudig

    Yes, Wolf can interview a child vigorously. But isn't is a bit of class discrimination against a poor and powerless family to use "body language" experts to interpret reality for the viewer when the body language experts [if they are experts] are not used to interpret political figures during interviews? It is of no worldwide significance if the Heenes are lying compared to whether Dick Cheney or his affirmative action hire daughter is lying. But CNN doesn't take on the powerful the same way it takes on the powerless.

    October 21, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  13. Jerry

    This man that initiated this fraud upon the AMerican people by using the media is an atrosity.
    He should be ashamed of himself for putting his family through all of this.
    The entire family should receive counceling and THE FATHER AND MOTHER should be given a bill for the cost to initiate the police investigation and should also be liable for any other costs and fees associated with the fraud that they perpetuated.

    October 21, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  14. Adaorah Onyekwena

    I love, love, love, Don Lemon

    October 23, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  15. fifi

    i live in the united kingdom and came upon the video of the balloon hoax...... and then i watched ' wife swap usa' last night on channel 29 which is a programme.... and the couple who did the hoax where on the tv programme. i am certain its them because i recognise a face and believe the hoax was a publicity stunt and then staring in wife swap usa probably did it in the same way to get here own show because they were stated as 'storm chasers'.......... so i think it was a fast in the whole thing and very coincidental that they star in wife swap usa then doing this.... just thought id let people know

    October 24, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  16. wanda

    I don't understand why they don't put this scumbag in jail and deport his wife(?) to Japan. The children would surely be better off in foster care than with this sleazy hustler!

    November 15, 2009 at 8:11 am |