The tragic September 11th terrorist attacks left the world with countless number of astonishing stories of heroism, heartache, and survival, and there were few more harrowing than that of Merrill Lynch employee Tania Head, a woman who survived the attacks after having been on the 78th floor of the south tower. Head also tragically lost her fiance on the day, he died in the north tower, her strength inspired other survivors and she rose to become the president of the 9/11 survivors network. In her role she met high profile politicians including then New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and led groups of foreign dignitaries on tours of Ground Zero.
There was one small problem, she didn’t actually work for Merrill Lynch, or in New York, her name wasn’t really Tania Head, she wasn’t even in New York on September 11th, and she had never met the man she claimed was her fiance. The Woman Who Wasn’t There is a 2012 documentary which tells the story of the woman who fooled the world, and her eventual downfall in 2007, a real-life psychological thriller about a stunning deception. The film features emotional contributions from other (genuine) survivors that were duped by her lies, and some who were skeptical from the beginning. Also worth a watch is the 2008 documentary The 9/11 Faker.
This documentary is a spin off from the bestselling book by Robin Gaby Fisher and Angelo J. Guglielmo Jr., titled The Woman Who Wasn’t There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception, available in paperback and hardcover. In the book they go into much greater detail about their research into Tania Head.