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A “Veterinary Assistant” featured in the whole Metepec Creature brouhaha, “Ángel Palacios Núñez”, is, according to Alejandro Franz, in fact Urso Moreno Ruíz, nephew of Mario Moreno, and a taxidermist.
More importantly, Urso Ruíz apparently confessed in an Internet forum he indeed hoaxed the creature, which is indeed just a squirrel-monkey:
“It’s just the corpse of a skinned squirrel-monkey. I took its ears out and involved it with all the hair and fluids of all animals I could find, then I dried it. All samples they take of it will come out as being of different animals.”
He goes on:
“Mr Mario quickly sold it to Maussán for 300.000 pesos [U$23,000], as you can see after four years they still can’t realize it’s a hoax.”
And tries to defend himself:
“I must say I didn’t claim it was real. That was Maussán who claimed it was real. He believed it. All the show was a hoax that got out of control, but after four years I’m happy to see one of my creations going around the world and through many scientists and tests and they still haven’t figured out what it is. I may have fooled science! LOL”
Nauseating, isn’t it?
Franz warns that, contrary to what Urso Ruíz claims, he did claim in video that the creature was “a strange animal”. Lies. Franz further accuses Maussán, Mario Moreno and Marco Salazar of creating this whole fraud from the beginning. It’s indeed interesting they should go with DNA testing right away, which is not their usual practice with such “finds” at all. It’s as if they knew the results would be inconclusive.
Of course, from the beginning people noticed it looked exactly like a skinned monkey. People also know very well Maussán is part of Ufology’s Hall of Shame.
So people had every reason not to believe the story. Reason, apparently, is something the History Channel’s MonsterQuest team lacks.
But then, reason is something that may be relative. Money and ratings can make everything relative, one would guess. How much money did all those involved, knowingly or not, make from this hoax?
This really makes me sick. It should make you too. And the skinned, dried monkey is not the culprit. [via Alcione]
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
.....I have no doubt that people will come into this thread and defend him... even with this evidence at hand. I look forward to a good laugh at the straw grasping antics.
Originally posted by internos
About Maussan's reliability i'd say that he has some issues to say the least: he should never be takens seriously, IMHO.
Some Maussan's claims and facts:
- CLAIM: Maussan claims the photo below was the best photo ever taken of a giant UFO in space.
FACT: The photo appearing in the October 6, 1997 issue of "Contacto Ovni Magazine" is actually that of a galaxy forming, not a UFO.
- CLAIM: Maussan claims 'Dr.Reed' UFO case is real and scientific evidence supports it. Maussan claims his alleged intelligence contacts within the military warned him that the case is real and very dangerous. Maussan takes 'Dr.Reed' on a national speaking tour of Mexico and creates a media campaign to promote the case. These speaking engagements sell out at many locations.
FACT: 'Dr.Reed' and his entire case have been exposed as a fraud. Maussan is challenged to produce his alleged scientific evidence and fails. Maussan and associates claim to have thoroughly investigated 'Dr.Reed' and to have established his claims, evidence, and witnesses. Claims of an alleged alien device being of extraterrestrial origin are never proven in spite of Maussan claiming the bunk device utilized advanced nano-technology. Not a grain of proof is ever forthcoming from Maussan to back any of his claims.
- CLAIM: Maussan was saying that UFO video shot from a helicopter in New York City was real and had been analyzed.
FACT: Video was a hoax produced by the Sci-Fi Channel.
- CLAIM: Publicly stated it had been confirmed that the comet Hale-Bopp was bringing giant motherships to evacuate the planet.
FACT: No mother ships, planet still here along with population. Hale-Bopp UFO hoax exposed as a fraud by Jeff Rense.
- CLAIM: Maussan said he had radar tapes confimrming presence of UFOs in Mexico's airspace.
FACT: To date, no such evidence has been brought forward.
- CLAIM: Maussan claims that he investigated a case where an airliner collided with a UFO in Mexico. Also claimed that "tons" of evidence and documents supported the case.
FACT: No evidence was ever produced.
- CLAIM: Promoted alleged alien photo as being real and impossible to replicate.
FACT: Photo was easily replicated. Maussan, in spite of being told it was fake prior to the story running at Rense.com, insisted the photo was genuine even after being told it was a fake.
- CLAIM: Maussan said there were gigantic UFO motherships orbiting the planet disguised as stars.
FACT: When asked for proof, Maussan exclaimed that was why the stars in the night sky moved - because they were UFOs!
- JAIME MAUSSAN: DAMAGING SERIOUS UFOLOGY ONE HOAX AT A TIME
- AEROMEXICO'S AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH A UFO BEFORE LANDING IN 1994! HOAX.
- Latest ET Photo Hoax Exposed
- Maussan hoax? And HOWE!!! (AKA flying horse)
- OdyessyLink -- True Story or Hoax? It's a HOAX!!!
- Investigative Journalist or willing believer?
what about the flying horse?
Ah, about this case, in particular about the radioactivity: WHAT is it supposed to prove the radioactivity?
Anyway, pheraps he doesn't do it purposely, but of course is a prolific promoter of HOAXES.
Originally posted by kindred
I don't think Jaime Maussan is a hoaxer. I just think it's a case of his enthusiasm for uncovering the truth getting in the way of common sense and good reasoning.
Originally posted by Nomad451
I would just like to say thank you for helping me come to realize who in the UFOlogy field are genuine, truth seeking honest researchers and who are money hungry charlatans and sensationalists.
Originally posted by kindred
Hi Maybe...maybe not
Well his over enthusiasm has definitely contributed to destroying his own credibility and damaged ufology to a certain degree. But I don't think he started out that way. Most Ufologist's tend to fall into the same money trap.
Originally posted by Nomad451
I have to say, It is weird to see a penguin stuck up a tree considering penguins don't fly... But anything coming from Maussan has to be seriously scrutinized.