Ten years ago this month, the country was captivated by a bizarre spectacle in Fort Collins that was colloquially dubbed the Balloon Boy Hoax. Although Richard Heene, the so-called Balloon Boy’s father, pleaded guilty to charges related to the prank, it was never fully clear whether it was the scam that police made it out to be. For the first time, we reveal the true story.
When a nine-year-old Denver boy died by suicide last year, the tragedy gained national attention. In the immediate aftermath, however, the full story wasn’t told. Why did this exuberant and loving young child die? And did the institutions that were supposed to help and support Jamel Myles and his family let them down?
It’s been six years and nearly four months since Tom Sullivan’s son, Alex, was murdered in the Aurora theater shooting. Now, the 62-year-old former postal worker will represent Colorado’s House District 37.
When a Rocky Ford police officer was convicted of murder after shooting a young man in 2014, residents of the Eastern Plains town might have believed that the criminal justice system had worked to protect the community. So why does the Rocky Ford Police Department seem more powerful—and less accountable—than ever?
What do you do six years after your eldest child is murdered in one of the worst mass shootings in American history? If you’re Tom Sullivan, you channel your anger and sorrow into an unlikely campaign for political office.