She pretended to be a survivor of 9/11, and help to comfort other survivors, & appeared on TV, But she made it all up.When people caught on to her ruse, she disappeared.
Anyone see 'The Woman Who Wasn't There' on ID ?
|by Meredith V.||reply 57||11/26/2014|
Yes, I watched it, although I missed the beginning. It was a fascinating story. I'm sure DL armchair psychiatrists would be able to diagnose the woman!
|by Meredith V.||reply 1||04/19/2012|
I have it on my DVR, op, but haven't got around to watching it yet.
|by Meredith V.||reply 2||04/19/2012|
It wasn't about money. She didn't swindle anyone. It's like she just wanted attention. One thing stood out. Like Casey Anthony, they all refered to her as the best liar they'd ever seen. Her stories were so detailed. No one suspected.
|by Meredith V.||reply 3||04/19/2012|
Was it crazy Kelli, the muse??!
|by Meredith V.||reply 4||04/19/2012|
Is it available on PPV or online?
|by Meredith V.||reply 5||04/19/2012|
Just 'On Demand' , on Discovery ID channel. I thought it was really well done, with the cartoon like pictures of what she 'claimed' she witnessed. The ending was kind of abrupt though - guess just wanting to show she's been seen back on the streets of NYC, and not happy to be spotted, or filmed.
|by Meredith V.||reply 6||04/20/2012|
Watched it last night. Fasinating. So she lived off family money? Turned out she never worked and she rented office space where she would meet other members of the 9/11 survivor victims groups. Is that right?
|by Meredith V.||reply 7||04/20/2012|
Thank you R2. That was a huge addition to the discussion.
|by Meredith V.||reply 8||04/20/2012|
Such are the forms loneliness can take...
|by Meredith V.||reply 9||04/20/2012|
Thank you R8. I needed a little smart ass snark to get my day properly started.
|by Meredith V.||reply 10||04/20/2012|
r8: The New r1
|by Meredith V.||reply 11||04/20/2012|
Her name's Tania Head and she's fat and unattractive. So many fat and ugly women pull these kinds of scams.
|by Meredith V.||reply 12||04/20/2012|
It was a great documentary. It unfolded in such a surprising manner and in such contrast to what we had seen from Tania in the early portion of the film.
I thought it was most telling that at the end of the movie, even the survivors who said they had hatred for her, were missing her.
And I agree, the abrupt shot of her on a NY street wasn't enough for me. However, the filmmaker said that he became good friends with Tania until the truth was uncovered.
|by Meredith V.||reply 13||04/20/2012|
What about the man who claimed to have "surfed down the debris" and ridden the collapsing building all the way down? I think he was even a firefighter.
|by Meredith V.||reply 14||04/20/2012|
Tania is Spanish and European women are rarely obese. What happened with this one?
|by Meredith V.||reply 15||04/20/2012|
Mental illness, R15?
|by Meredith V.||reply 16||04/20/2012|
Repeats tonite at 8p.
|by Meredith V.||reply 17||04/20/2012|
She was reputedly a reptilian.
|by Meredith V.||reply 18||04/20/2012|
I thought people would've caught on sooner. Wouldn't they have thought it weird that she had no pix of her beloved Dave?
But the level of detail she invented was just amazing. I try to imagine her sitting around thinking all that stuff up.
|by Meredith V.||reply 19||04/20/2012|
NPR has a story on it.
|by Meredith V.||reply 20||04/20/2012|
|by Meredith V.||reply 21||04/20/2012|
[quote]And I agree, the abrupt shot of her on a NY street wasn't enough for me. However, the filmmaker said that he became good friends with Tania until the truth was uncovered.
It's explained better in the book. The book was fascinating and much more detailed. You will absolutely hate her if you read it. What a cunt. Not sure I could find it in my heart to forgive her. I just wanted to hug her friend Linda..
|by Meredith V.||reply 22||04/24/2012|
There also was another documentary about her that I saw a few years ago - it's so weird that she could lie so skillfully and not have a conscience about it, she never apologized to any of the people she duped. I don't know why some of those folks forgave her. People like this should be put away somewhere.
|by Meredith V.||reply 23||04/24/2012|
What do we think of the movie's openly-gay director Angelo Gugliemlo?
|by Meredith V.||reply 24||04/24/2012|
[quote]What do we think of the movie's openly-gay director Angelo Gugliemlo?
IFFH.. over and over and over again.
|by Meredith V.||reply 25||04/24/2012|
I was there.
|by Meredith V.||reply 27||04/25/2012|
Is this about the large woman (originally from Spain)? Who pretended she was rescued, and even visited the family of her 'rescuer'. She then disappeared.
|by Meredith V.||reply 28||04/25/2012|
[quote]The book was fascinating and much more detailed. You will absolutely hate her if you read it. What a cunt.
You're not kidding. I just finished the book and she's worse than my friend Julie. She made sure she had the ultimate survivor story by stealing elements of many 9/11 stories, then lorded over other survivors with her suffering. She was a sucking eddy of need and reminded everyone that her story was the biggest. She was also vindictive as hell.
She was last seen on 34th and Lexington (probably staying at the Affinia Dumont) in September of 2011. She's lost a handful of pounds and changed her hair--I wouldn't put it past her to try to change her appearance completely so she can continue to live in the city she loves and start over with a new fantasy life.
Beware, NY DLers! Don't pick up any stray chubby and charming hags without vetting!
|by Meredith V.||reply 29||05/04/2012|
I wonder about bipolar disorder with Tania. She, Timothy Treadwell, and the Invisible Children guy seem cut from a similar cloth. Treadwell was a known unmedicated bipolor.
|by Meredith V.||reply 30||05/05/2012|
Here's a different documentary on her:
|by Meredith V.||reply 31||05/05/2012|
Nah. This lady is just a batty piece of shit on Earth is all she is.
|by Meredith V.||reply 32||05/05/2012|
Just finished watching that video I posted. R29, it says at the end that the organization received an e-mail in 2008 stating that Tania/Alicia had killed herself, but they weren't able to verify the claim.
|by Meredith V.||reply 33||05/05/2012|
So strange. She lived in my building until very recently. She is so dumpy and benign looking, I was shocked when I learned the whole story about her.
|by Meredith V.||reply 35||08/16/2012|
Just finished the book - it was very good. She's an astoundingly good manipulator. The way she made herself the centre of the group, then edged out anyone who challenged her, re-victimizing these poor people all over again...
Then when she was caught, her only fear and concern was for herself.
|by Meredith V.||reply 36||08/16/2012|
I hadn't seen this until the thread about documentaries. How many of you would have believed her? I wouldn't have believed her story for 2 seconds. Especially about the fiancé. That rose petals to the dining room/trip to Hawaii story was so false I honestly can't have any respect for the people who believed her. I have a feeling there weren't very many people in that particular 9/11 survivor group. They all seemed neurotic and needy. Birds of a feather, just waiting to be plucked.
|by Meredith V.||reply 37||09/04/2013|
She seems like a textbook case of Munchausen Syndrome to me. It's not only about people who fake illnesses, but other kinds of trauma as well, to gain attention and sympathy.
|by Meredith V.||reply 38||09/04/2013|
Or split personality?
I remember Roseanne Barr saying she was in therapy with other troubled youths, most of whom were drug addicts. And they toured with a sort of production based on their experiences. She wasn't into drugs, but just by listening to the stories over and over, she invented her own backstory that sounded quite real.
Then we have the folks who come here pretending to be bitchy gay men- but that's another thread.
|by Meredith V.||reply 39||09/04/2013|
Or the people who come in here and matter-of-factory make up stories about celebrities, claiming to know the celebrity. Everything they say is false, yet you get the feeling that they totally beleve their made up stories.
|by Meredith V.||reply 40||09/05/2013|
Matter-of-factly -- thanks, ghost of Steve Jobs
|by Meredith V.||reply 41||09/05/2013|
What's the name of the book about her? I'd like to read it.
|by Meredith V.||reply 42||09/05/2013|
r42, the one I read was called the same as the documentary: The Woman Who Wasn' There.
|by Meredith V.||reply 43||09/05/2013|
Apparently the man she made out to be her fiancé was David Tengelin from Marsh McLennan. He was from Sweden. His family lived in various countries in Europe, so Head didn't need to worry about bumping into them at any 9/11 ceremonies in NYC.
|by Meredith V.||reply 44||09/05/2013|
No, I'm wrong. It appears she madeDavid Suarez out to be her fiancé. He was a handsome young guy. How anyone could believe a handsome young guy like that could be remotely interested in the hoglike Head, who on top of being ugly and fat had a voice like Andy Kaufman, is a mystery to me. The bald guy who said he looked up Dave on the Internet and had "doubts" but *put them away,* has to be one of those retards who forwards idiotic glurge and obvious Internet hoaxes onto everyone in his address file.
It's a comment on America. All of the lies fold by Bush, by Rush Limbaugh, by Fox News - these are the people who are swallowing these lies whole and digesting them. The same people who believed Tania Head for so long. they're too lazy to think. They're too lazy to do anything even when confronted with proof that this woman was lying. They voted out the president of their group and replaced him with this pig-faced liar because she bad mouthed him behind his back and they sided with her -- without even letting the guy know they were being told doubtful things by Miss Piggy. They're scum, too. Especially that Linda woman, who attached herself to Head like a barnacle. She's one of those people who needs drama in her life and seeks out liars and con artists.
|by Meredith V.||reply 45||09/05/2013|
That's half the people on datalounge, with respect to the AIDS epidemic. Don't lie. We know you were all married to women and gay bashing in your spare time.
|by Meredith V.||reply 46||09/05/2013|
Don't worry R46. Nobody wants to fuck you.
|by Meredith V.||reply 47||09/05/2013|
It's on Netflix or you can pay $2.99 to watch it on YouTube
|by Meredith V.||reply 48||09/05/2013|
That last scene with her on the street spooked me in a really weird way.
|by Meredith V.||reply 49||04/30/2014|
I read somewhere (maybe it was here, on another thread) that the guy who made the documentary was suspicious of Tania from the beginning, because she was fat and fug and claimed to have a hot guy as a fiance. Anybody with a halfway decent bullshit detector would not have been taken in by her lies. Her stories were like cheesy romance fiction. I've met similar people in the past, who spin stories like a compilation of Lifetime Original Movies Greatest Hits. Attention whores, the lot of 'em.
And yeah, her "friend" Linda was pathetic. As I recall from the documentary, she had no connection to WTC but just happened to be walking in the area when the planes hit. Granted, that would be a traumatic experience for anyone, but most people would have gotten over it. She seemed to be a gullible type who was looking for a leader.
|by Meredith V.||reply 50||04/30/2014|
I just watched it this morning on Netflix.
|by Meredith V.||reply 51||04/30/2014|
R50, that story of him in the coconut bra should've told anyone with half a brain that she was lying. No real human would do something like that outside of an episode of Step by Step. Especially for someone like her.
|by Meredith V.||reply 52||04/30/2014|
[all posts by childish idiot removed]
|by Meredith V.||reply 53||04/30/2014|
Fascinating documentary and as much about the psychology of those who believed her as the crazy liar. Fraud seemed to run in her family.
Agree about the last scene R49. Eerie.
|by Meredith V.||reply 54||04/30/2014|
Tania fiancee Dave (link below)
Just seeing his picture, there is no way he would fall for someone as dumpy and fat as Tania.
No offense , I can't picture them together exchanging vows in Hawaii, making mad passionate love, or him having the hots for her.
Especially with all the single women in NYC far better looking than Tania.
That should have set alarm bells off by other survivors, by seeing his picture.
|by Meredith V.||reply 55||11/26/2014|
btw every single person was taken in by Tania. NO ONE questioned her story except one person
Brenden Chellis who is in both the book and the movie.
Even the director was conned by her, and changed the documentary from the survivors of 9/11 9which it was originally going to be) to Tania's con.
Linda was (as is) a weak person. Tania being the psycho is recognized that and manipulated Linda into being her slave.
|by Meredith V.||reply 56||11/26/2014|
btw the story is being developed into a feature film.
Melissa McCarthy name is being floated around for the role of Tania.
|by Meredith V.||reply 57||11/26/2014|