9/11 Survivor's Story May Be Tall Tale

Details don't add up in World Trade Center escapee's account
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2007 4:04 PM CDT
A woman peeks through a hole in the fence surrounding ground zero at the World Trade Center site in New York, Thursday morning, Sept. 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Since September 11, 2001, Tania Head has made a name for herself as one of few people to escape from the upper floors of the World Trade Center, and has devoted much time to organizing survivors' networks and speaking of her experience. But recent inquiries suggest Head may have fabricated the whole account, the New York Times reports.

For example, Head claims her fiancé died in the attack, but none of his family have ever heard of her; a job at Merrill Lynch and degrees from Harvard and Stanford are likewise uncorroborated. A colleague also claims details Head's narrative of her escape from the 78th floor have changed over time. Head and her lawyer declined to comment.