Richard Heene’s totally sensible motivation for his balloon hoax: He “believes the world is going to end in 2012," explained a lawyer for one of Heene’s researchers, who police recently interviewed. "Because of that he wanted to make money quickly, become rich enough to build a bunker or something underground, where he can be safe from the sun exploding,” the Telegraph reports. More on Heene:
- A former client of Mayumi Heene’s tells Radar that Richard is “on the edge” and “unbalanced,” adding that she fears he could take his family hostage in a Jonestown-like scenario.
- Court records show that Heene has quite the temper: The New York Daily News has details of Heene’s 1997 trashing of a Volkswagen, and the Larimer County sheriff says police have been called to the Heene house at least twice in the past year.