The Waving Woman of 9-11

 “The pictures stay with us — the fires and falling debris, and, most hauntingly, the faces. Look how young so many of them were, people who thought there would be much more time, a lot of ‘later’ when they could do all the things they really wanted to do. I grieve for their families — especially for those, like me, who haven’t found any trace of the people they loved. But I grieve even more for the people who died that day. They couldn’t know what we know now about the precious gift of time.” -Cokie Roberts (1943), American Journalist.


Over the past decade, Edna Cintron has become fodder for 9-11 conspiracy theorists.  Her presence in the gaping hole of the north tower is eerie and seems odd considering that it is apparently the hole where American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  The post on asks:

Editor’s note: The appearance of Edna Cintron, looking out of the hole in the North Tower caused by the airplane impact, raises doubts about the existence of raging fires at the impact point hot enough to substantially weaken steel, which according to the official account caused the collapse of the Twin Towers.  Note also the near absence of smoke and flames.

Edna has been called the most photographed victim of 9-11 and posts about her appear to be limitless.  What doesn’t appear to make the forums and blog posts, however, is the story of Edna.  We all know her, or at least someone like her.  She’s the administrative assistant that is present, but rarely engaged.  Many of us probably walk by the Ednas in our office, pleasantly smiling, but rarely stopping to talk.  They are always punctual, often early to work.  Their desk is tidy and their work is good.  The story threads of their lives outside of work may seem uninteresting.  Edna Cintron’s husband was a door man.  They were about to celebrate their 12th anniversary as well as the anniversary of William’s sobriety which was also 12 years.  They had no children.  She seems to have loved routine.  Two months after her death, William spoke to the New York Times:

“She would come out of work, come home, cook, make sure that when I would come out of work there was food on the table and everything. And every night we would have ice cream and we would watch TV.”

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Edna followed the same routine, but the end of the day would change and William’s life would be shattered.  After the first plane hit, he left his post and went to find her.  I can’t imagine what he thinks when he sees the images of Edna in the video.  It must be haunting to know that she sought help, but rescue was impossible.  She is believed to have jumped to her death.

Some feel that she has been unable to really be at peace. Last August, at a “conspiracy buff” meeting, the hostess brought out a Ouiji Board.  As she moved the planchette around the board, it spelled out E-D-N-A.  Then ‘Let it go.’  The group became so excited, because they “understood.”

“The ghost of Edna Cintron, now moving efffortlessly among us, was informing us there were better ways of convincing the public that 911 was a scam...Edna Cintron had appeared; she was conveying to us the urgency of spending less time *her* and more time discussing collapse physics and TV fakery.

No, I think she really means “Let it go.”  Poor Edna.

For Edna, William and all those lost on 9-11, we offer up prayers for peace.