Monthly Archives: October 2009

Richard Heene Faces Charges From Police or FAA

Richard and Mayumi Heene spent several hours at the Sheriff’s department Saturday being re-questioned regarding the incident earlier this week involving one of Richard’s experiments. According to CNN News, charges may be filed against Richard or Mayumi by police as early as Sunday. Questions remain about what exactly may have happened when Richard Heene’s flying saucer type Mylar silver balloon went airborne from the Heene’s backyard.

Other questions have come to light and remain unanswered since the couple’s six year old son Falcon Heene made a comment about “you said we did this for the show.” After that comment Richard Heene appeared very uncomfortable with further questioning by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer who was hosting the Larry King Live Show at the time.

The story about Falcon Heene possibly being inside the unmanned aircraft and flying solo over Colorado caused many people to stop their daily activities and stand vigilantly watching the story unfold on CNN and the internet. Air and ground rescues costing thousands and endangering many lives were initiated to track the balloon and then to search for the boy who was not inside the balloon at the time it landed 2 hours after floating away from the Heene’s Fort Collins Colorado neighborhood.

The balloon was apparently a family project that all the Heene’s worked on at times. Falcon Heene told reporters after “appearing” out of nowhere that he hid in the attic in a box above the family’s garage because “he yelled at me”. He refers to Richard Heene. It was Bradford Heene, Falcon’s older brother who reportedly not only saw, but videotaped Falcon climbing inside the balloon.

At the time the balloon escaped the Heene’s were video taping and the home shot video clearly shows there was no other basket or box underneath the balloon at the time. Why then did Richard or Mayumi Heene not clarify that information while there was great debate and speculation that the box/basket may have fallen off from the balloon, possibly with Falcon Heene inside, after it was airborne.

Additional concerns have been voiced about the many interviews the Heene’s have placed the family in since Falcon was found alive, including two interviews that have caused the boy to vomit while being questioned further about the incident. No one is forcing the Heene’s to be interviewed and the stress it is placing on Falcon is obvious through the television and computer screens.

There are concerns voiced by those who wonder about the Heene’s taking their children into dangerous situations such as chasing storms and tornadoes. The authorities have notified Family Services to further investigate if this activity is appropriate, and safe for the Heene children.

Sunday may prove to be an interesting day depending on the news that is released from authorities in Colorado.

Balloon Boy Story Crashing Quickly

I am overwhelmed, emotionally exhausted, and increasingly puzzled as I watch and review an interview conducted by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interview with the Heene family yesterday after the Heene’s 6 year old son Falcon Heene was found alive and safe inside his home…yet today that story maybe crashing to the ground. No one really knows what exactly happened inside the Heene household yesterday while a nation prayed for and frantically searched for a 6 year old boy believed to be missing and possibly flying over the state of Colorado in a home-made balloon.

The family says that Falcon Heene had been reprimanded earlier in the day and hid in the attic above the garage inside a box. While in the box Falcon says he played with his toys and even took a nap. Yet, when the Heene’s ask Falcon during the interview “did you hear us calling you” and Falcon replies “yes” they seem surprised. Next Falcon is asked “why didn’t you come out or answer when we called you?” Then Falcon appears to look at first his mother and then his father as if looking to his parents for cues before he responds with – “um mm you guys said, um mm we did this for the show.”

It is at this point that Richard Heene stops looking at the camera and stiffens, then becomes very uncomfortable when Wolf Blitzer asks him to clarify with his son what he meant by “we did this for the show.” Richard Heene appears to have a reddening of his face and becomes very uncomfortable with the line of questioning that he feels CNN is leading his son to imply.

“I see where you are going with this line of questioning” Richard Heene tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. The link to the video interview is here and I am interested in your opinion if you have already seen it or are just now watching Wolf Blitzer’s interview with the Heene family. I do not by nature wish to doubt anyone’s credibility. Yet, I am wondering if this indeed was a badly planned out publicity stunt?

In reality, if anyone is able to prove this was a publicity stunt, I feel that the Heene’s should be required to pay the state of Colorado every cent that was spent on the frantic search and attempted rescue of their six year old son Falcon Heene. I am sickened as a parent, behavioral medicine RN, and editor of BellaOnline’s Missing and Exploited Children Website to think that adults would endanger their children’s well-being and the caring citizens of Colorado in order to promote their own personal well-being.

I am all too familiar with adults who try to manipulate children for their personal gain and I pray that this is not the case in this situation. Please feel free to comment here after you have viewed the interview between Wolf Blitzer, and the Heene family. I want to know how you feel after hearing the comment made by Falcon and seeing the reaction of his parents. I am thankful Falcon Heene is safe and that the search is over, but I am a little uncomfortable at how quickly the story of Falcon Heene, Colorado’s Balloon Boy is crashing.

Dennis Earl Bradford

Dennis Earl Bradford was identified through DNA to be the man whom kidnapped and raped an 8 year old little girl in 1990. That eight year old girl was left for dead in a field, after having her throat slashed. The case was considered cold until recently when DNA advancements positively identified Dennis Earl Bradford a 41 year old Welder who lives in Little Rock Arkansas.

The DNA matched to DNA collected in another rape case from 1996. Recently Jennifer Schuett’s (that little eight year old girl who was left for dead in 1990) teamed up with America’s Most Wanted to find the man who tried to steal her life. That little brave 8 year old girl is now 27 and has shown incredible courage. She is an inspiration to children and woman across this nation.

The authorities have arrested Dennis Earl Bradford and charged him in the kidnapping, rape, and attempted murder of Jennifer Schuett’s. The world may be a little safer tonight with Bradford in jail. Soon Jennifer Schuett’s will have her day in court.

Falcon Heene Missing Child Alert

The story began early today when an odd shaped flying object lifted off from a Fort Collins Colorado home possibly with a six year old boy named Falcon Heene inside. The balloon was a work in progress by Falcon Heene’s family. Falcon’s dad Richard Heene apparently loves science and has a website called The Science Detective. Falon’s mom Mayumi Heene was on the show wife swap twice (the family was one of four families viewers choose as a favorite and in March the Heene’s were aired a second time).with her family.

The Heene’s have three boys Bradford, Ryo, and Falcon. The family lives life on the edge, and do not let life or storms pass them by. The family chases storms together. If any child could survive riding around Colorado in a balloon I believe Falcon Heene is well prepared to handle this situation even at the tender age of six years old.

The balloon which is reminiscent of a large Jiffy Pop popcorn container after being popped was followed in the air until it crashed this afternoon. Falcon Heene was not found. An officer for the Sheriff’s department may have seen something fall off or out of the balloon at one point and it is being reported that at one time there was a basket of sorts attached to the bottom of the balloon (whether the basket was attached before the balloon lifted off or not has not been verified).

After the balloon went airborne it is believed one of Falcon Heene’s older brothers reported seeing Falcon inside the balloon. In my mind it is possible the 6 year old boy somehow released the balloon and being afraid his family would be mad, hid somewhere. I hope the authorities will begin a new search in and around the area the balloon has flown and in and around the home of Falcon Heene. Children can easily hide and get stuck in areas like trunks of cars, toy trunks, etc.

After focusing on the balloon for so long perhaps rethinking the possibilities may prove helpful…

News coverage in and around the Fort Collins Colorado area needs to be encouraging all of the local residents to go outside and look in their yards and around their homes for anything unusual and to keep an eye open for items that may be in a field or along a road that could prove to be the basket that was attached to the balloon. Family and friends need to look to see if little boy is hiding in fear from what may happen if mom and dad find out the balloon is gone. He may have fallen asleep in a hiding place and be unaware of the national attention his story has received.

Falcon Heene where are you?

UPDATE: As I posted this just moments ago…
CNN news announced that Falcon Heene has been found. ALIVE! Falcon was hiding in a box in the attic above the garage? Seriously?! I am curious how the house was not torn apart looking first for a six year old who went missing.

The Balloon Over Colorado

A boy maybe floating above Colorado…in a home-made balloon.

Authorities are trying to determine HOW to rescue the 6 year old boy believed to be inside the balloon, alone. The boy and his father made a home-made flying saucer shaped aircraft out of aluminum foil and plywood in the family yard. Yet, somehow the flying saucer took off this morning possibly with the little boy inside. Those tracking the home-made balloon report it is floating around 8, 000 feet and that one side of the balloon appears to be deflating. The balloon is approximately “20 feet long and 5 feet deep”, according to the 7News article. Pictures of the balloon cause one to envision one of those Jiffy Pop popcorn containers from the 1970’s.

UPDATE: The boy who may be in the balloon is reported to be six year old Falcon Heene who lives near Fort Collins Colorado. The airport is diverting traffic away from the area where Falcon Heene maybe floating.

UPDATE: According to the balloon has crashed and the boy is not inside the balloon.

WHO identified initially the boy was inside the balloon? HOW did the balloon get untethered? WHERE have authorities searched for the little boy? If the little boy accidentally released the balloon he may believe he will be punished if he was not inside the balloon? Start from the beginning and re-question and begin a new search.

Jaycee Lee Dugard

Jaycee Dugard disappeared June 10, 1991. At the time of her disappearance she was 11 years old. She had been waiting to board her school bus when she was kidnapped. Her step-father, the only person witness to her kidnapping, and the last person to see her that morning and throughout the years he has fallen under great scrutiny by law enforcement, family, and even strangers.

Then in August, Jaycee Dugard now age 29 was found, alive! She had been held captive by a pedophile and his wife, Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Jaycee has 2 daughters resulting from the abuse inflicted upon her by her captor. Jaycee has been reunited with her family and everyone is working on reconnecting and beginning a new life outside the prison of Phillip Garrido managed to hide from the outside world.

A picture on the cover of People magazine shows Jaycee since her captivity. The brightness in her beautiful eyes is heartwarming. This incredible woman is not letting this experience define her that is obvious. What a wonderful ending to 18 years of sadness and mystery. Welcome home Jaycee Dugard!

DNA Identifies Jennifer Schuett’s Kidnapper and Rapist

On August 10, 1990, Jennifer Schuett was just 8 years old when she was raped, and her throat was cut, severing her voice box. She was not expected to live, but she did and unlike many rape victims Jennifer did not choose to forget what happened, but instead burned every minute detail into her memory for the day she knew would come and her abductor and rapist would be found. Jennifer you are incredibly strong, and a true hero to children and women everywhere!

Dennis Earl Bradford is now 40 years old and was arrested early this morning as he drove to work. Unfortunately his wife was in the car with him and I cannot imagine the pain she is now undergoing. I am praying for her to be strong. Thanks to the FBI’s DNA profile of Dennis Bradford from another rape in 1996, forensics was able to match him to the crime scene of Jennifer Schuett’s.

I love forensics! Forensic science is advancing daily, and it is catching criminals who once thought would get off free. DNA and the advances in forensic science are proving ways to solve old, cold cases from child rape and abduction, and even murder. It also exonerates the innocent whom have been wrongly accused.

There is a story in everyone’s DNA. DNA is everywhere and is what in the end will bring someone down who believes he or she is above the law. This time it was a child rapist and kidnapper whom 19 years ago took a little girl out of her bed in the middle of the night, raped her, and left her for dead. Perhaps one day it will find the man whom killed Angie Marie Houseman. I am waiting for that day!