The “a-ha!” moment that led authorities — and the rest of the world with any semblance of common sense — to realize what had happened was when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked the six-year-old boy why he had not come out from hiding when they called his name.
“You guys said we did this for the show,” the boy responded.
Promptly followed by a loud THUD! when his father’s heart dropped.
On Sunday, Sheriff Jim Alderden called the incident a “hoax,” adding that investigators believe the evidence indicates that “it was a publicity stunt” by the family in hopes of “better marketing themselves for a reality television show at some point in the future.”
Couldn’t they get a show by going the more traditional route: by just popping out another five kids? Geesh.
The parents, Richard and Mayumi Heene, met in a Hollywood acting school and “put on a very good show for us,” Alderden said. Charges could include conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, making a false report to authorities, attempting to influence a public servant, and sticking their child with a VERY unfortunate nickname for the rest of his life.