Saturday, September 8, 2012

Ugh, Attention Seekers!

So apparently I'm late on this story but the other day I learned about a lady who claimed to have survived the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. It blows my mind to know that someone would use such a tragic event to gain attention. Here is the story:

During the years following the 9/11 attacks, many stories emerged of triumph, tragedy and heroism. But one story stood out. Tania Head was one of only 19 people to survive above the point of impact in the South Tower at the World Trade Center.

Her story was triumphant and tragic. She was a survivor who, despite horrific burns, had escaped the falling towers, but she was a victim, too, in that she lost her fiance, Dave, when the North Tower collapsed.

As Tania Head became president of the self-help group, the World Trade Center Survivors' Network, her vivid account of miraculous escape and tragic loss convinced everyone  -  politicians, media, fellow survivors and the families of those who died in the attacks.

But Tania wasn't who she said she was. And on the day of the attacks she wasn't even in New York; she was thousands of miles away in Spain, sitting down to lectures at a prestigious business school in Barcelona, where she was completing a masters in business administration.

Her fellow students went on to work in industry, but in 2003, Tania Head, a member of one of Barcelona's richest families, flew to New York to adopt her carefully studied persona as a victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But why did she do it?

Read the rest of the storyTania Head 

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