Tania Head, now known as ‘the 9/11 faker’ thanks to a great documentary of the same name, is a Spanish woman who fooled everybody into believing that she was a survivor of the 9/11 tragedy in New York, even becoming the president of The World Trade Center Survivors Network. During her presidency she successfully negotiated for survivors to be given access to Ground Zero. Her story led to her gaining a high profile, she was selected to escort numerous dignitaries around the site of the disaster and visitor center. She would frequently tell the story of her escape in great detail to these people.
It was the New York Times who first sought to verify certain details in Head’s claims, possibly as the result of a tip-off, at that wasn’t until September 2007 (three years after she had joined the support network). They tried desperately to quiz her about her claims, leading to Head cancelling three scheduled interviews with various journalists and then enforcing a blanket ban on any reporters approaching her. The reporters resorting to contacting other members of the support group, asking them to convince Head to talk to them. Her refusal to talk to any journalists led to other members of the Survivor’s Network to begin to question some of Head’s claims and they voted to remove her as president of the organisation.
The newspaper had numerous questions that they wanted answering, perhaps most significant was about her claims that she was engaged to a fellow victim called David who had died on that tragic day. The individual was a real person but his family claimed never to have heard of Tania Head and doubted that David had ever even met her. Furthermore, a fellow member of the survivor’s network had noticed that she had begun to make small changes to her account of events on that day, probably intentionally. At one stage she’d also claimed to possess degrees from both Harvard and Stanford, neither institution had a record of her being registered to any of their programs.
After her exposure as a fraud she disappeared, an email from an anonymous Spanish email address to the support network later claimed that she had committed suicide. Another claim that proved to be false, the email was probably sent by Tania Head herself.
Who The F Was Tania Head?
Tania Head’s real name was Alicia Esteve Head, a Spanish woman who the British documentary The 9/11 Faker revealed was not even in New York on September 11th 2001. In fact, she had never even stepped foot into the United States before 2003. A Spanish Newspaper revealed that she was enrolled into a Business Course at a college at the time and attending a class just one week after the attacks, she hadn’t mentioned to any of her classmates that she had been in New York the week prior yet alone informed them of the death of her fiance or her miraculous escape from a burning tower. She showed no signs of injury or emotional distress. She had at one stage told classmates that she wished to find employment and emigrate to New York.
Tania Head Sightings
The documentary did not accept the explanation that she had committed suicide and instead reported her whereabouts as unknown, they were proven correct when on September 14th 2011 – three days after the 10th anniversary of the attacks – she was spotted in New York by one of the co-authors of the book The Woman Who Wasn’t There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception (which is a fantastic read, see below) and the accompanying 2012 TV documentary The Woman Who Wasn’t There.
Filmmaker Angelo J. Guglielmo Jr. had initially started filming Head with her permission for a documentary prior to her being revealed as a fraud. He claimed to have spotted Head and her mother in New York and following them until he was spotted. The odds of a man making a film about Head just spotting her is unlikely, much more likely is that he’d been searching hard to confront her for the documentary that he was finishing. He managed to confront Head briefly on camera, asking “How could you show up here during the 10th anniversary? How could you?”. A brief confrontation ensued before he switched off the camera.
As of 2017 there have been no known further sightings of Head, and nobody claiming online to know anything about her current whereabouts. She could be in Spain, she could still be in New York, she may well have had plastic surgery and emigrated to some obscure country somewhere else on this planet. If we get any further information we will update this article accordingly.
The scandal was the subject of a 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.
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