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“Tania Head” is the false name of an imposter who pretended to be a survivor of the Word Trade Center disaster of 9 / 11.
Alicia Head conned the world for five years. A narcissistic, deliberate, charismatic liar, she joined a support group for the World Trade Center survivors and became their spokesperson. The genuine survivors all believed her story. Well, one man felt there was something ‘not quite right’ about her, but he didn’t dare say this out loud, because she was known to turn survivors against each other.
The parallels between this con-artist and the cons of domestic abusers are manifold. Listen to this interview The Woman Who Wasn’t There: False Story of Surviving 9/11. Robin Gabi Fisher, co-author of the book which exposes this deceiver, was interviewed on ABC’s Radio National (Australia) this morning.
Was this woman ‘delusional’? Not according to her therapist — who, by the way, was completely conned by “Tania” until the New York Times exposed the truth. This therapist is now certain that this woman knew exactly what she was doing, and what’s more, she is still spinning lies, creating a new scam, and blaming the survivors of 9 / 11 for their ‘mistreatment’ of her. Does this sound familiar to those of you who have suffered abuse from partners or church family? Sure does!
This interview is essential listening if you want to become wise to the ways of the enemy.
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4 thoughts on “Abusers as liars: a case study”
Fascinating! I am re-blogging your post. Thanks, Barbara. I don’t think many Americans have even heard of this woman, but the word will be out now! Blessings.
I typed “liar” into the ACFJ search-engine….came across several posts. Listening to this interview is a WOW experience.
My husband is mild-mannered but I am beginning to believe that he is deceived by his many years of lying. At our age and after years of emotional abuse, his so-called lack of memory has caused great stress. His lack of memory is “very selective”.
Years ago when sexual sin was first confirmed he told me that he actually had forgotten that he had slept with a particular woman several years previous to my confronting him about it. Is this possible? Can someone actually sever their conscience to the point of not remembering whom they have slept with? This is the man that is now accusing me of being abusive as I confront him with years of emotional turmoil which includes much deception against me and others.
Yes, I think they can. I know that in my late teens when I was a prostitute I slept with many men that I now have no memory of; mind you, that was a business transaction and I was deliberately blocking it out even when I was doing it, plus I was usually stoned at the time which impairs memory too. But at the time when your husband slept with that woman, he was married to you, right? So he was violating his covenant vows and knew full well that he was doing so at the time. It’s rather different from someone who is being a prostitute. So the gravity of his sin is not diminished by him forgetting it. If indeed he had forgotten it, that would indicate how calloused his conscience is because he thought it was no big deal to commit adultery against you. So whether he really forgot or whether he just claimed to have forgotten is pretty immaterial, in my opinion.
Not meaning to imply that the gravity of my sexual sin is in any way diminished….thank God I have found forgiveness and new life in Christ!