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The Woman Who Wasn’t There

“The Woman Who Wasn’t There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception”

By Robin Gaby Fisher, Angelo J. Guglielmo Jr.

The astounding story of Tania Head, whose heartrending account of surviving the World Trade Center attacks made her a celebrity—until it all turned out to be an elaborate hoax.

It was a tale of loss and recovery, of courage and sorrow. Tania Head’s account of her experiences on September 11th—from crawling through carnage to escape the south Tower to losing her fiancE in the north Tower—made her both a victim and a hero. She became a key figure in the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network, leading tours at Ground Zero and using her own assets to fund charitable events to help survivors, never seeking personal monetary gain. But a problem would emerge, much later, with Tania’s inspiring account. None of it was true.

When Tania approached filmmaker Angelo Guglielmo to make a documentary about the survivors of September 11, he not only got hours of exclusive interview footage with her, he became her friend and confidant. Eventually Tania’s story began to crumble and the magnitude of her lies came to light—not only did she not work in the Towers as she had claimed, she wasn’t even in the country at the time of the attacks. Told from Guglielmo’s unique insider perspective, this is the incredible story of one of the most audacious quests for acclaim in recent memory—one that poses fascinating questions about the essence of morality and the human need for connection at any cost.


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