Theories I've heard brought up:
- Cluster of balloons (say the debunkers)
- One-man jet mobile? (government)
- a witch (Mexican legend of la bruja*)
- an alien
*The Mexicans seem convinced that this thing is a witch. This video is in Spanish, and I do not have a translation, but it's still interesting to watch.
MonsterQuest did a show on Flying Humanoids (along with the Metepec creature). You can see Part 1 below:
I tend to believe the policeman's story of being chased and attacked by this thing. I mean, how does on fake being in shock? He was really in shock. Clusters of balloons don't chase and attack people. The other 3 theories, on the other hand, can.
In Mexico, witchcraft is called brujeria. According to the Wikipedia article:
The most well known practices are similar to English witchcraft: spells (hechizos), charms, amulets, divination, and use of plants (usually herbs). Other practices might include phenomena similar with traditional English witchcraft; namely shapeshifting, glamoury and hedgeriding of the hedgewitch, including use of entheogens. Brujos paganos (pagan-witches) might participate in ritual or ceremonial ecstacies.
Among certain Hispanic and Native American cultures of the Southwest, the practice of brujería is feared as a manifestation of evil. Those who use rituals, spells, incantations, potions, and powders to work ill against others are known as brujas (witches), who are primarily female in number (the male witch is known as a brujo). All the negative facets of witchcraft feared by people throughout the world are practiced by the brujas: manifesting the evil eye, casting spells to cause physical or mental illness, bringing about bad luck, even death. The brujas create dolls in which they insert bits of the victim's hair, fingernail clippings, or pieces of clothing and focus their evil intent upon the miniature representative of the person to be cursed. If an Anglo doctor with modern medical techniques cannot cure someone who has fallen suddenly ill, a bruja is suspected as being the cause of the problem.
Brujas are also thought to be accomplished shapeshifters, possessing the supernatural ability to transform themselves into owls, coyotes, or cats. In the form of an animal, they may spy upon potential victims and may even administer a potion into their unsuspecting quarry's food or water or hide a bad-luck charm on his or her premises. There are certain amulets or rituals that offer some protection from the brujas, but the only sure way to rid oneself of their evil deeds is to employ the services of a curandero. Sometimes the curandero is able to contact the bruja through supernatural means and demand that the curse or spell be removed. In more severe cases, the curandero may have to direct a spell toward the bruja and defeat her on the spiritual level in order to force her to remove the evil directed toward the victim.
Here is a National Geographics piece on brujeria:
I would like to know how that police officer is doing now. Did he have enemies (female especially)?
Questions I Have:
- What sounds, if any, do these flying humanoids emit?
- How often is it seen and for what duration? Is it seasonal?
- Does it appear and disappear into/out of thin air?
- Could it be a hologram?