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Alicia Esteve Head is a Spanish woman who claimed to be a survivor of the World Trade Center September 11 attacks under the name Tania Head. She joined the support group The World Trade Center Survivors’ Network, later becoming its president. Her name was regularly mentioned in media reports of the attacks. In 2007, it was revealed her story was fabricated: Head was not in the building at the time of the attacks or even in the United States having traveled to the United States for the first time in 2003. Some survivors report that they received little support in the aftermath of the attacks, with most attention paid to victims and their families, police officers and firefighters. The World Trade Center Survivors’ Network was an informal support group started by two survivors of the attacks partly as a reaction to this. The group slowly grew in size as additional survivors joined. After joining the group, Head’s lobbying saw survivors gain increased recognition. She successfully negotiated for survivors to be given access to ground zero, which they previously did not have. Head had joined the survivors network in 2004 after Gerry Bogacz, one of its founders, learned through word of mouth that a woman named “Tania Head” had developed an internet group for survivors. She joined the group after some months of email correspondence with Bogacz. Head claimed that she was on the 78th floor of the South Tower (WTC 2) when United Airlines Flight 175 hit that floor. This would have made her one of only 19 people at or above the point of impact to have survived. She claimed her fiancé Dave was killed in the North Tower (WTC 1). In later tellings of the story, he was said to be her husband. She also claimed a dying man passed his wedding ring to her so it could be returned to his widow. Head also said that she had been rescued by Welles Crowther who perished in the collapse after rescuing several people and whose heroic actions were widely reported in the media. In 2005 Head was chosen to lead tours for the Tribute W.T.C. Visitor Center for visitors including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former New York Governor George Pataki. Head made many speeches at colleges and with support groups, recounting her story as a survivor of the 9/11 attacks.Head regularly recounted her claims to Ground Zero tour groups in vivid detail, saying, “I was there at the towers. I’m a survivor. I’m going to tell you about that.” Head said these activities were unpaid volunteer efforts on her part. She was presented in retrospective articles on the World Trade Center aspect of 9/11 as representative of all of the 20,000 surviving New York victims who escaped the damaged buildings. In September 2007, The New York Times sought to verify key details of Head’s story. Head backed out of three scheduled interviews, and later refused to speak to reporters. The New York Times contacted other members of the Survivors’ Network, some of whom unsuccessfully urged Head to speak to the reporters. The New York Times’ probe raised questions about the veracity of Head’s story and by the week of 27 September 2007, the Network voted to remove her as president and as a director of the group. One of the elements of the story in question was her engagement to a man named “Dave”. The man’s family claimed to have never heard of Tania Head (the man’s identity was withheld to protect his family’s privacy). Janice Cilento, a social worker on the board of the Survivors’ Network and close to Head, said in September 2007 that Head had made changes to her account in recent weeks. Head claimed a degree from Harvard University and a graduate business degree from Stanford University, but the institutions reported there was no record of her having been a student there. Head claimed she worked at Merrill Lynch in the World Trade Center. Merrill Lynch said it had no record of her being employed there. According to Adrian Gatton, producer of Channel 4 documentary The 9/11 Faker, Head was not even in the United States on September 11, 2001. She was in Barcelona, Spain, attending business school. A report in Barcelona daily newspaper La Vanguardia on October 2, 2007, said Head had attended Master of Business Administration classes at ESADE Business School in Barcelona just a week after the September 11 attacks. Her classmates do not recall her discussing the attacks or losing a fiancé or husband, and she showed no recent injuries. Head told her MBA colleagues that the arm injury was the result of an automobile accident, or alternatively a horse riding accident. La Vanguardia reported that Head attended classes in the program until June 2002, and had told classmates she wanted to work in New York. Head had earlier attended the University of Barcelona, and worked for a local entertainment promoter and for Hovisa, a Spanish hotel company.In February 2008, an email sent from a Spanish account to members of the World Trade Center Survivors Network claimed that Head had committed suicide. However, in the documentary The 9/11 Faker broadcast in September 2008, Head’s whereabouts were said to be unknown. In the book and feature film documentary titled “The Woman Who Wasn’t There”, Head’s story was told from inside the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network utilizing interviews with Head and members of the Network before and after the deception (Head declined further interviews after the revelation of her identity). At the conclusion of both book and film, Tania Head was sighted in New York City on September 14, 2011, refuting previous inaccuracies that she had committed suicide.

9 Responses to 9/11 IMPOSTER STORY IN FILM

  • Cindy Royal says:

    Talk about being pathologically mendacious!

  • Belly Bang says:

    Dah woman yah evil nuh rass. Mi watch the documentary and mi ah tell yuh, if dem did string her up down ah ground zero by her fat neck, nuh jury woulda convict the people dem.

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  • Cindy Royal says:

    Belly, Did di documentary give any insight as to y she did this. Cuz I can’t even begin to understand y any1 would do something like this.

  • Anonymous says:

    LA Lewis wife this!

  • OBSERVER says:

    jail nuffi miss har :hoax2

  • Belly Bang says:

    Di woman was Spanish. come from a wealthy family. But from childhood, with all the wealth and privilege, she did just want to go to America and live like an American. So, after 9/11, she forward and pull off her con. But, she never made any money from it, she never forge nuh check or anything, it just seems that she wanted to be in the middle of one of the biggest story of America’s history. A whole heap an big people she meet before she was exposed and she got the trust of countless others. By the way, she fat and white and look frumpy frumpy but doesnt speak with an accent.

  • Tawkchuet says:

    Wat a gal lie!!!!!!! Jesam earn so much ppl trust n a rub shoulders with the elite how she do it how she look inna di ppl dem eye wid dem lie deh? Fi har heart meck out a steel man smh

  • Cindy Royal says:

    Yes, she is quite fat & unattractive – I think that’s y the engagement lie out har lol. But shi all create a fake name fi carry out har lies & shi jus guh too deep wid di lies dem man. There were a myriad of other means she could’ve used to become a relevant American. Shi too deadly.

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