‘YOU’RE scared! I’M the one that went through hell’: How fake 9/11 victim tormented genuine survivors

March 25th, 20125:50 pm @


Laura Pullman

14:23, 25 March 2012


17:28, 25 March 2012

She was famous for surviving the 9/11 attacks, one of only nineteen people to escape death above the point of impact in the South Tower.

Tania Head’s survival story was made all the more harrowing as she tragically lost her fiance who was killed in the North Tower.

America took Tania into their hearts both as a victim and as the woman who publicly fought for the cause of the 9/11 survivors. 

Web of Lies: Tania Head fooled the entire nation that she survived the 9/11 terror attacks

Web of Lies: Tania Head fooled the entire nation that she survived the 9/11 terror attacks

But in 2007 she became infamous as the woman who made it all up.

People were left stunned as she confessed to the lies before the New York Times could beat her to it with their exposé.

And the extent of her cruelty continues to be revealed.


As part of the fantasist’s web of lies she forced a genuine survivor to relive her trauma and mocked her when she found it difficult, as revealed in a book to be released next month.

Spinning her story to a wounded nation, Tania rose to become president of the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network with politicians, media, fellow survivors and the families of those who died in the attacks all being inspired by her tale of tragedy and triumph. 

Reliving the terror: Tania Head mocked and forced a genuine survivor to go through her ordeal of the attacks again

Reliving the terror: Tania Head mocked and forced a genuine survivor to go through her ordeal of the attacks again

Inevitably, she also became friends with fellow survivors, including her closest friend Linda Gormley.

The fraudster convinced Linda that they should be leaning on one another to get through their trauma and implored Linda to help her with her therapy.

Linda was reluctant to talk in depth about the terror but couldn’t say no to her forceful friend who, she believed, had suffered more than she had in the attacks.  

Linda had seen people die but Tania had been badly burnt, nearly lost an arm and lost the love of her life, Dave, in the North Tower. However much she wanted to Linda couldn’t say no.

Exposed: The book reveals the cruelty Tania Head caused with her deceit

Exposed: The book reveals the cruelty Tania Head caused with her deceit

Tania told Linda that she had was undergoing an intense form of treatment to help deal with her post traumatic stress which involved her reciting the terrible incidents of the morning – and recording them.

She told Linda that, as part of the therapy, she had to then listen back to the tape until her fear receeded and to enlist the help of a friend if she needed support.

Head asked her friend and fellow survivor to listen to the graphic recital with her but Linda tried to avoid reliving the nightmare – and tried to postpone it.

‘You’re scared! Ha! Why should you be
scared? I’m the one who went through hell. All you have to do is listen
to a tape with me,’ Tania taunted.

trapped in her apartment Linda, who had herself seen people die in the
attacks, was forced to listen to Tania’s tape bringing back the terror
of her own ordeal.

genuine survivor was made to listen to Tania talk about looking at the
lifeless body of her secretary who has been almost decapitated.

‘She has no head!’ she cries in the tape, ‘Oh my God! I can’t breathe! My skin is burning! They’re all dead, Everyone is dead!’

Linda is desperate to turn off the tape but doesn’t dare to stand up to Tania – whose forceful nature she was already aware of.

tape shines light on the minute detail that the Tania went into to fool
the entire nation into believing she was a survivor.

tape starts with Tania talking about and her future husband, Dave,
having breakfast – two sunny side up eggs for her and three over easy
for him before they go to work together in the Twin Towers. 

Tania, whose real name is Alicia Esteve Head, was in fact thousands of miles away at business school in Barcelona.

Woman Who Wasn’t There reveals the intricacy of the web of lies which
allowed Tania to become the face of the survivors, the woman who gave
Rudy Giulani and Michael Bloomberg a tour around Ground Zero and who
fooled the nation with her story.

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Laura Pullman, your article does not make sense.

“9/11 was an inside job. 70+% of America believe so too..” —————————————- Conspiracy theories are nothing more than rubbish made up by idiots who haven’t got a life.

Darryl, cincinnati,ohio, 25/3/2012 16:17 – I think the word you meant to use is ‘loser’, as opposed to ‘looser’. What I’d like to know is whether this sociopathic woman is now in prison for her deeds.

Obviously morally bankrupt, and super-ugly to boot!

NOW this book comes out? It would’ve been way more embarrassing to her if she had been outed several years ago.

I don’t understand this – how could Tania have been badly burnt and nearly lost an arm in the attacks if she was thousands of miles away? Or did she just claim to have suffered these injuries?
I don’t really want to judge as I don’t believe half of what I hear and read, but have never lost a fiance in dreadful circumstances so can’t imagine what that might do to someone. Am not excusing her but I think she may have problems.

Sadly, there are far too many morally bankrupt people out there that will use a tragedy like this for their own self-engrandizement. We should tattoo the word ‘LIAR’ on her forehead and force her to live in shame for the remainder of her pathetic life.

Only in the USA, would this woman be believed!!!!!!!
– Lottie, Cornwall, 25/3/2012 16:36
Weve had at least three “known” frauds during Rememberance Day Services in the UK, one even sporting Medals that would have put him on different sides of the world at the same time. Anyone who buys a pair of combats is now an Ex SAS soldier. When “Lofty Wiseman” was asked if he was on the “Iranian Embassy Siege” he answered “No but I know a thousand others who were”! Its a worldwide thing Lottie not just happening in the USofA.

Please be on kindle!!!!

LOTTIE CORNWALL “Only in the USA, would this woman be believed” You dimwit. Your hatred of Americans is making your brain turn soft. I seem to recall you Brits fell for the Thalidomide nonsense with the result you have thousands of Thalidomide victims today. It was not permitted in the USA because of our skepticism about its value and its dangers.

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