August 6, 1997
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
September 1997, [Mexican TV host and UFO researcher] Jaime
Maussan received a very special package. Someone had sent
him a video tape, in itself nothing remarkable. But when
he played the tape on his video recorder, it took his
breath away. For the anonymously sent recording showed
nothing but points of light and sky - except for a large,
metallic, structured, rotating disk, which maneuvered
in broad daylight over Mexico City, with a dateline of
6 August 1997.
Still image from the video.
Another scene from the video.
Another scene from the video.
Another scene from the video.
The above is a panorama, assembled from 4 frames of the
video so that motion, rotation,
and size changes of the object are easier to see. Created
by Mark Cashman.
Michael Hesemann (2000)
Sept. 26, 1997, Jaime Maussan received a very special
package. Someone had sent him a video tape, in itself
nothing remarkable. But when he played the tape on his
video recorder, it took his breath away. For the anonymously
sent recording showed nothing but points of light and
sky - except for a large, metallic, structured, rotating
disk, which maneuvered in broad daylight over Mexico City,
with a dateline of 6 August 1997 - and disappeared behind
a high-rise building and reappeared, which speaks clearly
for it being a large object. Enclosed with it was only
a note, which read, "We know what happens to witnesses,
if they go public with something like this."
Maussan's first reaction was, "This is a fake;
it can't be real!" Yet, on the advice of his
colleague, he viewed it carefully again and again, and
started wondering. Who had taken this segment of video
tape? And where was it taken? Maussan knew that there
was only one way to find out: He broadcast the video segment
over the air and asked viewers to help him with the investigation
of the case. "Are the houses, the buildings, real?
Whoever knows, please call us!", he asked in
his broadcast of Sept. 27th, which was repeated on the
28th. A woman called in, saying, "I know the place,
I lived there. It is the section of the city called 'Bosque
de las Lomas'."
day later, Maussan and his colleague were at the spot.
He found two witnesses to the identical event. He asked
one man, who sold tacos on the street in a little stand,
whether he had seen a UFO at that place. He answered in
the affirmative, "My daughter saw a UFO here,
a couple months ago." The daughter, named Cassandra,
was twelve years old. She described that sometime between
4 and 6 p.m., this grey disk flew over the houses. Everyone
in her family thought she was crazy, even her father,
who went to take a look only after the object had disappeared.
She explained that she had never seen the video, yet despite
this, her description was consistent with what was to
be seen on it. "This little girl has convinced
me more than anyone else that there is something to it,"
he said later.
Maussan identified the building from which the video segment
had been taken. Yet when he inquired there, no one would
speak to him. Everyone that he asked - the renter, the
doorkeeper, the security person - seemed to want to defend
the person who shot the film. Only one person admitted
that he had seen the five-minute video film after it was
taken. That witness swore he was being truthful, and insisted
he was aware of the film. [But] he came from one of the
Central American states and would be detained as illegal
in Mexico. His wife and two daughters thought he was still
in their own country.
Maussan and his team found further witnesses. Annie Lash,
a young photographer, had just prepared for a photo session,
though the camera had not been cocked, when she saw the
UFO for a second. Her model confirmed the event. [Hesemann
adds that this took place at a pool area in front of one
of the skyscrapers.] The photographer [Annie] was wearing
a short-sleeved smock and on the next day had a sunburn
on the arms and face, which lasted a month. She saw the
object from below, close-up, from the location of the
high-rise complex. She described the round underside of
the UFO and pale yellow lights that surrounded it in rapid
rotation. At first, she saw a very heavy, very dark cloud,
which did not surprise her because it was a cloudy day.
But then the underside of the object appeared in the middle
of the cloud. She heard a noise as of escaping gas, a
hissing, and felt "something like a force, which
pushed on my body." She quickly ran to fetch
her camera, but by the time she got hold of it, the UFO
analyses of the materials by well-known experts such as
Jim Dilettoso of Village Lab in Tempe, AZ, the optical
physicist Dr. Bruce Maccabee (US Navy) and Prof. Victor
Quesada of the "Grupo Sol of the University of
Mexico," uncovered no hint of any hoax. The experts
estimated the diameter of the filmed object as 15-20 meters
(see report in Magazin2000 Nr. 123 [issued around Jan.
first hearing of the astounding video of 6 Aug. 1997,
taken in the section of populous Mexico City called Bosques
de las Lomas, I have followed the matter with great interest.
Already, a few weeks after its first appearance on Mexican
television on 26 Sept. 1997, a clean copy of the video
segment lay before us. Jaime Maussan, with whom I have
stayed in close, friendly contact for years, kept me abreast
on the affair. And so Magazin2000 could already, in the
last issue of a series, offer exclusive information on
I was skeptical. The video segment of a rotating disk,
which disappeared behind a group of high-rise buildings
and reappeared, was too good to be true. Was it indeed
THE UFO evidence we all have been waiting for? I doubted
it. The wobbling movements of the disk disturbed me. Since
I understood the situation in Mexico very well, I knew
that popular television moderator Maussan had many enemies
and envious detractors. Could someone have attempted to
deceive him, in order to make him into a fool before the
public? On the one hand, Maussan had carefully researched
the place, finding and interviewing a series of witnesses.
Eyewitnesses make a hoax unlikely. On the other hand,
we know that each true or faked UFO case can inspire "bandwagon
jumpers," sensationalist individuals, whose goal
is to have 30 seconds in the limelight of the media, and
it takes a good lie to do it. To be sure, Jaime assure
me that with these witnesses this was not the case; they
are trustworthy. To me, it was clear that as always, the
truth lies "out there." I must go to
Mexico in order to personally gain an on-the-spot picture
of the situation.
opportunity soon presented itself. I was invited to the
2nd World UFO Congress in Acapulco, Mexico, in early December,
1998, and since I had to change planes in the capital
city anyhow, I remained there for two days. I had arranged
to meet with a colleague, Alejandra Dehesa, who had earlier
worked for Tele Azteca, the rival of Maussan's Televisa.
Alejandra, mother of an enchanting little daughter, had
interviewed me repeatedly in Mexico and the USA for her
program, and I knew her as a caring and capable journalist.
However, I had an ulterior motive: her former boss, an
arch-skeptic, had already once boasted that he knew the
excellent Carlos Diaz film, "With Ease,"
to be fake. And since his TV program stood in direct opposition
to Jaime's newer show, "Tercer Milenio"
(Third Millennium), he was, to say the least, under suspicion.
Alejandra, I hoped to receive inside information. In addition,
she spoke fluent English and could therefore translate
(to be sure, I understand Spanish and can enunciate it,
but my speech is not good enough) and serve also as a
neutral observer of my investigation. I deliberately wanted
to investigate independently of Jaime and surprise him
with my findings, whatever they might be. I wanted to
remain as objective as possible. Friendship is one thing,
a well researched case is another.
the previous week, Alejandra had already made all available
information on the case available to me. We therefore
already knew in which part of the metropolis - Mexico
City is, with almost 30 million inhabitants, along with
Tokyo and Sao Paulo, one of the three most populated cities
of the world - the event had occurred. Namely, in the
section "Bosques de las Lomas," which
one reaches via one of the swankier streets of the capital
city, "The Reforma." Bosques de las Lomas,
which means "Forests of the Hills," is
a mixture of undeveloped hilly fields and houses, not
so closely packed as in other districts of the Mexico
City. One encounters some office buildings, plain private
homes and workshops, a modern shopping center and a group
of exclusive apartment houses, which are seen on the video.