Sheree Silver, the woman who lived with the Heene family on Wife Swap, said Richard Heene, the father of balloon boy Falcon, "had the mind of a mad scientist" and a short temper.
"He wasn't very nice to me," Silver told People. "But ... I don't think he would be physically abusive."
Heene lawyer: Arresting Heene parents in front of kids "would be child abuse"
During her time with them, Silver said Heene, who could face felony charges in the balloon boy incident that officials have now deemed a hoax, displayed his inclination to scold — to both her and his three sons. "'My Dad can really yell, can't he?'" son Bradford, 11, once said to Silver, she recalled.
Silver, a psychic from St. Augustine, Fla., said she was the target of Heene's verbal abuse when she attempted to make him "space eggs" — yolks on top of the egg white — the way his wife, Mayumi, did. When Silver cut into the yolk, Heene yelled, "Oh my God. You just killed the mother ship," she said.
Sheriff calls balloon boy a "hoax"; specifies criminal charges
The temporary spouses also disagreed with the potentially hazardous situations in which storm chaser Heene put his sons, Silver said. "I said, 'You go risk your life, but you don't have to bring your children into that,"' she said, to which Heene replied: "Yeah, but they won't get to witness everything."
As for the family's current quandary, Silver said she never thought Heene would use 6-year-old Falcon as part of a stunt, which she finds "very, very sad."
TVGuide.com Poll: 91 percent believe balloon drama was hoax
The Heenes face possible charges of conspiracy, attempting to influence a public servant, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and false reporting to authorities. Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said he expects the charges to be filed next week after authorities complete their reporting.