Exclusive: I Helped Richard Heene Plan a Balloon Hoax

Ryan Tate · 10/17/09 04:00PM

For the first time, 25-year-old researcher Robert Thomas reveals to Gawker how earlier this year he and Richard Heene drew up a master plan to generate a massive media controversy using a weather balloon. To get famous, of course.

Forget Balloon Boy, Today's All About Train Baby

Andrew Belonsky · 10/16/09 04:05AM

If Balloon Boy and his family were looking for publicity, they'll find it's fleeting. There's a new amazing tot on the horizon, and this one survived being hit by a train.

Falcon's Safe! Let the Finger Pointing Begin!

Richard Rushfield · 10/15/09 05:30PM

At this hour, the Heene family are still giddy celebrating their child not being smashed to bits on the side of a mountain. But for us the good news means no annoying pause before blame can be assigned.

Everything the Internet Knows About the Boy in the Balloon

John Cook · 10/15/09 04:17PM

Richard and Mayumi Heene, the parents of Falcon, who is missing after having apparently floated away in a helium balloon-craft built by his parents, have left a long and wide internet trail. Here's what we know.

The Balloon Is Empty

Gabriel Snyder · 10/15/09 02:38PM

CNN is carrying footage of the balloon after it landed in a field in Brighton, Colo. and TV news is reporting that six-year-old Falcon Heene is not in the compartment. We're still updating on this post.

Six-Year-Old Boy Floats Away in Homemade UFO Balloon

Brian Moylan · 10/15/09 02:10PM

It's happening in Colorado right now. A boy climbed into an helium balloon that his parents were building, untied the rope, and took off. No one knows how to get him down. Updates in comments, boy's missing after balloon lands