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The Survivors’ Network

After two planes struck New York City’s World Trade Center on September 11 2001, Tania Head was one of the lucky few who managed to escape from above the impact zone of the South Tower.

Saved by lauded 9/11 hero Welles Crowther, Tania’s incredible and heartbreaking story of survival became an inspiration. Triumphing through trauma, she became the face of a support group called The Survivors’ Network. Yet, as Tania’s fame grew, she became uncharacteristically anxious. Was there more to her story?



Casefile Presents



Research & writing – Milly Raso

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro –

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska



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The Woman Who Wasn’t There: The true story of the fraud that shocked America – Robin Gaby Fisher & Angelo Guglielmo Jr



An amazing woman and her smile – Daily News, Sept 7 2006

Remembering a hero in a red bandana – The Journal News, Sept 7 2006

FDNY pays tribute to 9/11 hero – The Journal News, Dec 16 2006



The man in the red bandana – CNN

Touching 9/11 tribute to Welles Crowther, selfless hero, before Central Florida-Boston College game – Daily News

Haunting thoughts chill 9/11 survivors – New York Post

In a 9/11 survival tale, the pieces just don’t fit – The New York Times

Schuylkill County native had connection to one of the biggest lies about 9/11 – The Morning Call 

‘It spiraled out of control’: The fantasists who pretended to be 9/11 survivors – Independent

She wasn’t there – New York Post

The woman who hijacked 9/11 – Daily Mail

The amazing, untrue story of a Sept. 11 survivor – NPR

My relationship with the fake 9/11 survivor – Huff Post

Marid newspaper reveals more details about Alicia Esteve Head – La Vanguardia

The 9/11 pretender at the center of ‘the woman who wasn’t there’ – IndieWire

Tall tales: a towering lie – The Sydney Morning Herald

The fantasist of 9/11 – Daily Mail

The brief return of the ‘the woman who wasn’t there’ – The New York Times

‘She wasn’t there.’ In 2007, Tania Head’s web of lies started to fall apart – Mamamia

Where is Tania Head, the woman who faked being a 9/11 survivor, now? – Yahoo



9/11 Never Forget: Alison Crowther interview – Tunnel to Towers Foundation

The Woman Who Wasn’t There

The 11th September Fake Victim – Real Stories



Remembering the ‘man in the red bandana’ – 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Welles’ story – Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust

About Alicia (Tania) Head, alleged WTC 9/11 imposter – Survivors Guidelines

Archive of The World Trade Centre Survivors’ Network website

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