Balloon Boy's Tween Heavy Metal Career Lifts Off

Camille Dodero · 07/02/13 11:59AM

Richard Heene did not mean to utter the words. The 51-year-old manager of the Heene Boyz, an unsigned metal band comprising his three home-schooled sons, was recounting how one Christmas years ago, he was so broke that he'd had to design an ingenious sort of wooden building system, fabricated from $35 worth of materials, for his children's present.

Colorado Sheriff Says We Were Right: Balloon Hoax Was Publicity Stunt For TV Show

Foster Kamer · 10/18/09 12:05PM

Felony charges will be brought up against the Heene family, it seems. Warrants will be brought up against them. They don't know when the Heene's are going to be arrested. They're going to be going through Heene's computer and seeking out co-conspirators. "On the bizarre meter, this rates a 10," noted Alderden. They didn't search for drugs. They didn't do a thorough search of the house, and should've looked at the attic. They didn't.

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.

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.