Balloon Boy's father Richard Heene had planned the flying saucer controversy since early this year for publicity of a reality show featuring him as a passionate scientist carrying out various shocking experiments, Robert Thomas, a researcher close to Heene said, according to a story obtained by Gawker.com
Heene and Thomas worked together for the reality TV show's proposal. Thomas said Heene was driven by ego and fame to get his family be part of a reality TV series and would do whatever would take to achieve it. But said he didn't know the hoax would involve Heene's six-year old son Falcon.
This will be the most significant UFO-related news event to take place since the Roswell Crash of 1947, and the result will be a dramatic increase in local and national awareness about The Heene Family, our Reality Series, as well as the UFO Phenomenon in general, Heene said, according to Thomas.
Authorities announced yesterday the flying saucer incident was a hoax and are seeking charges against Richard and his wife Mayumi for conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, making a false report to authorities and attempting to influence a public servant. Federal charges were also possible.
The couple's lawyer David Lane said that his clients shouldn't suffer public humiliation by being arrested at home in front of their children and stated they were ready to turn to the police by themselves,
On Thursday a story that a 6-year-old boy from Colorado was flying inside a flying saucer which lifted off by accident broke captivating media around the world. A couple of hours passed when the balloon landed and the boy wasn't there. Finally it was discovered that the boy never entered the balloon and instead was hiding in the attic of his garage.