The attacks on September 11 are a defining moment in American history – and for many people, the trauma of those days is still present. Among those who lost loved ones and suffered physical and psychological injuries was a woman who decided to use that tragedy for her own twisted purposes. She called herself Tania Head and told an audacious story that aspired to the status of a true survivor: that she was on the 78th floor of the South Tower when the second plane hit and that she watched as her building exploded into a mass of fire, ash and bodies. She described being handed a wedding ring by a man who was dying and asked that she give it to his wife. She recounted crawling over the bodies of those who died, being led to safety by the legendary Man in the Red Bandanna, and losing her fiance to the fire.
Gerry Bogacz, who ran the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network, took her seriously. He even made her president of the group, and she was regularly featured in media reports on the events of that day. But, as time went on, those closest to her started to notice that her story wasn't quite adding up.
Like the movie Mommy Dead and Dearest, which delves into a web of complicated lies, The Woman Who Wasn’t There tells the story of Tania Head, a liar who claimed to be a 9/11 survivor and ended up causing further trauma for those close to her. It’s an incredible, true story about what happens when a person chooses to use the tragedies of others for their own selfish gain.