I found this article about a liar who has made headlines recently:

Suspected bogus 9/11 survivor from Barcelona

The sacked head of a 9/11 survivors network alleged to have invented her experience of the attacks on New York's World Trade Center is of Spanish origin, a newspaper reported Saturday, quoting acquaintances as saying she always sought to be the centre of attention.

The Catalonian daily La Vanguardia said Tania Head was better known in Barcelona as Alicia Esteve Head, publishing a photograph of her with colleagues taken when she worked as a management secretary in the city between 1998 and 2000.

Associates told the newspaper she often recounted unlikely stories which put herself at the centre of the action, notably one of a high-speed car crash in which she was badly hurt.

Tania Head was sacked from the prominent survivors' group on Wednesday, a day before the New York Times ran a front-page story that said "the pieces just didn't fit" in the repeated tale of her ordeal to escape from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Head rose to mini-celebrity status with her vivid description of crawling through smoke and flames on the 78th floor of the south tower, being saved by a volunteer firefighter, and losing her fiance in the attacks.

She was interviewed in the media, invited to university conferences and to contribute to publications.

Her successor as head of the World Trade Center Survivors' Network, Richard Zimbler, said, "There was no reason to doubt her story."

"She looked the part. She had a badly injured arm that appeared to have burn scars and her story was very, very realistic."

But La Vanguardia quoted a former colleague as saying that Esteve Head also had a scarred and deformed arm, which she blamed on a 200-kilometre (125-mile) an hour crash in a Ferrari with her fiance.

"She used to say ... she had lost her arm (but) it was recovered and sewn back on again," the unidentified source said.

La Vanguardia said Esteve Head came from a prominent Barcelona family that was involved in a financial scandal in 1992, and her father and brother had served prison terms.

Former associates said she spoke constantly of her family's wealth and social position, her brother's businesses, her fine clothes and her education in top universities in the United States.

"To us, it smacked more of invention than the truth," one said. "She lied very easily."

US psychologist Bella DePaulo said Tania Head "wanted what most liars want ... which is to change the way other people look at them, to be loved and respected and valued and cared about."

Source: AFP

Some quotes about lies and liars:

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
Samuel Butler(1612-1680) British poet and satirist.

There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
Winston Churchill(1874-1965) British politician.

There are lies, damned lies and statistics.
Mark Twain(1835-1910) American writer

A lie can run around the world before the truth can get it's boots on.
James Watt(1736-1822) Scottish mathematician and engineer

More quotes from the famous can be found at BrainyQuote.


Jose Luis said…
Perhaps she doesn´t commit a crime, but I´m sure that she has earned a lot of money with her liars. Possibly she received money and donations from a good people, or when she went to interviews.
Now, she is one of the best lying of the world, and everybody, specially in USA, hate her.
Graham MacInnes said…
I wonder how she got away with her lies for so long. I think she did it simply because she is an attention seeker who is a desperately lonely woman.

- Perhaps she HASN'T COMMITED a crime ..... with her LIES. She MIGHT HAVE RECEIVED ....FROM GOOD PEOPLEor when she GAVE interviews. Now she is one of the BEST KNOWN LIARS of the world and everybody hateS her.

What other famous liars do you know and what was the lie?