After listening to several people who have known Balloon Dad Richard Heene up close and personal like comedian Sunda Coonquist and former employee Vince LeGrow who appeared on radaronline.com and Barbara Slusser who spoke to ABC News and others and hearing them describe his erratic and up and down behavior, violent temper outbursts, high highs and low lows, sudden mood swings and self, aggrandized behavior, it makes one wonder as to whether Richard may have a psychological condition that has contributed to his bad behavior and poor judgment
As someone trained in the field of Psychology I am not making a diagnosis of Richard Heene, since I personally have never seen him up close and personal. Nor am I offering him treatment or therapy, but when you hear people like Sunda Coonquist who knew him so closely say the words like “bipolar” and “his needing to be on medication.” It certainly makes one’s ears perk up.
Based on the descriptions of these individuals who worked with Richard you can’t turn a blind eye. They certainly describe some of the classic symptoms of a person with a bipolar condition. He may have other psychological issues as well based on their descriptions and also based on what we have seen like narcissism, but once again not seeing him up close and personal or seeing his testing results I personally have to only speculate on what is ailing this poor soul.
If what those who have come forth have said about Richard Heene is true about his children living in squalor in unhygienic conditions it is tragic. If what they report about Mayumi is true about being abused, then she needs to go to a Domestic Abuse Center right away. But the fact of the matter is that she won’t go. She doesn’t want to do anything to disturb the family situation as it is as she is obviously too frightened. So maybe Richard going to jail for a while may give Mayumi a new perspective on Richard and her marriage. I do hope that she isn’t given as stiff a penalty as Richard because I believe she went along for the ride so to speak. Abused women do that. They do whatever they are told and she was no doubt controlled by Richard.
People who know her say she is a very bright woman. But it doesn’t matter how bright or beautiful a person is. Anyone can unknowingly get involved with an abuser and before they know it- they are stuck like Mayumi. So I hope she will just get probation so she can be there to be a loving influence on the kids. She is probably their only chance. I also hope during that time she is away from Richard that she get’s some psychological help herself so she gains more self esteem.
A good man doesn’t treat a woman like she has evidently been treated. A TOXIC MAN does what Richard has done to her. We have all seen him yell at her on the youtube tape for her not holding the tether of his balloon. WE have seen him scream and shout at all the swapped wives and even throw things including milk at another one. So one can only imagine what he had done to Mayumi.
Even if he is treated for his underlying dysfunction if he has one, there is still the apparent issue of his misogyny and his distorted views about woman based on what he demands from Mayumi and which he expressed on Wife Swap. I do hope that Mayumi leaves him, goes to LA or back to Japan or wherever she will be out of Richard’s clutches. He has clearly put his kids in danger with all that storm chasing of his. His up and down volatility is also not healthy for those kids. You could see how absolutely petrified they were on television.