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Could Rudy Eugene, The Face Eating Man In Miami Be The Beginning Of A Zombie Plague

Updated on October 23, 2012
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On Saturday, May 26th, Miami, Florida resident is shot and killed by police officers after chewing off the face of a homeless man. Police stated that they told the man to stop and his only response was to look up and growl.

2012 has most certainly been the year of the zombie. With the end of the Mayan calendar fast approaching stories of the end of the world and zombie apocalypses have spread like wildfire. The movie industry has already sunk their fingers into this craze producing more zombie type films then ever before, but it doesn't stop there. The internet is now loaded with zombie survivalist guides, apocalypse camps and even zombie combat training courses.

In May of 2011 the CDC even gave out a warning and made a survival guide to help Americans prepare for the coming apocalypse, granted it was done in mock form but what else could you expect they would never risk discrediting their name with the general public of non-believers. So to say that some people are taking this serious would be a huge understatement on the grandest scale.

So now it seems to many, that the so called prophesy may indeed be at hand at this very moment. On Saturday, May 26th of 2012 the world may have just witnessed it's first attack in the zombie apocalypse. In Miami Florida a man by the name of Rudy Eugene was found naked on the causeway eating the face off of a homeless man.

The name of the victim was Ronald Poppo and the man had been homeless for over 30 years. Both witnesses and police have stated that Euegene was naked, Saturday, when he attacked the other man on the MacArthur Causeway, next to the Miami Herald building.

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According to police reports and eyewitness accounts, by the time police arrived on the scene Eugene had already eaten 80% of the mans face off. Upon seeing the situation police drew their weapons and commanded Eugene to stop his attack immediately.

Instead the man just raised his head, with pieces of flesh still in his mouth and growled at the officers. It was at that point that the yet to be named officer shot Eugene up to 6 times before finally killing the man.

Since the incident the media has been able to locate the ex-wife of Rudy Eugene, a woman by the name of Jenny Ductant. The woman was said to have told the media that Eugene had never really shown any signs of mental instability before, though their divorce was based on his violent behavior.

She claimed that his biggest problem was insecurity, that he had always thought that everyone was against him and that no one was ever for him. Ductant and Eugene had been divorced since 2007 and hadn't seen each other in 3 - 4 years.

Do you beleive Rudy Eugene to be the first zombie of an oncoming plague

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With Eugene being dead we couldn't know for sure exactly what caused this cannibalistic outrage but it doesn't stop us from wondering. So what's your opinion of this gruesome roadside buffet? Was it the start of a plague destined to wipe out the world population or merely a case of a severely deranged individual who was in desperate need of a padded room and shock therapy?

The case obviously doesn't completely resemble zombie-ism as portrayed in the movies or we would obviously have a faceless man roaming the streets looking for his own snack rather than lying in intensive care. Then again real life never is exactly like the movies, who's to say what it is for sure, at this point only time will tell. (All of the photos are only meant as representations of the attack, none of them are of the actual crime scene)

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      sunnie 3 years ago

      I feel sure he was possessed by an evil spirit while under the influence of some drug. They say that when we're under the finfluence, our auric field is weakened and they can come in easier.

      I don't believe it was the man himself doing it. too bad.

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      surfer1969 4 years ago

      I feel that unless we get to the roots of what Is causing this we might be facing a new plague that will make the zombies movies look like a family thing.

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      Zombie Scientist 4 years ago

      Not sure what 'caused' his zombie cannibalism, it's not the bath salts either. It was proved, bath salts isn't the cause but it also could be possible it may be some type of drugs or parasites. With this being in the United States there are parasites that go into your body up to your brain. There are also other causes: neurotoxins, brain disorders and Mad Cow Disease, Neurogenesis, nanbots, Sleeping Sickness, rabies, Necrosis, and Leprosy. There are very many more that could be a cause also. Some scientists even concluded zombies suffered from a disorder known as Consciousness Deficit Hypoactivity Disorder. It is simply the loss of rational though and voluntary movement, replaced by stimulated aggression. Zombie ants exist, though, they won't go around biting people. They bite, but wont turn you into a zombie yourself, your brains need to be eaten. That won't happen though. But as a result, there ARE zombies just not "the" zombies that eat other people, don't believe what others say. Some people just watch Call Of The Dead to much. I hope this helped.

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      surfer1969 4 years ago

      I know they are always finding new parasites and virus every single day out there.Who know maybe It'll be a bug that takes us out.I'll be sure to locked myself In a gun shop If zombies do become real.lol

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      DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Very bizarre indeed it could be a parasite or a virus

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      surfer1969 4 years ago

      No bath salt found.That's very odd,have they rule out a parasite too.Some parasites can attacked the brain driving the victims nuts.They behave very oddly and will often attack other people.It's still very disturbing although.

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      The fact that no drugs were found in his system make this attack even more bizarre. I remember reading about the case and found the whole thing very dsisturbing.

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      DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Actually no drugs were found in his system other than small traces of marijuana. So bath salts were ruled out

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      surfer1969 4 years ago

      I thought this was bath salt related incident I did an article on the dangers of designer drugs at this address. http://socyberty.com/issues/designer-drugsblessing... I've not updated It In a little while although.But you can read my take on It there.

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      Richard J ONeill 5 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      I just love zombies!

      I have to say I think it was drugs that caused him to eat that guy's face off rather than a zombie plague because I just can't see how it's possible that such a plague could exist.

      Despite that, I still am and always will be a huge fan of anything zombie!

      I see you have a few hubs on zombies. Cool. I'll read those too.

      I write zombie fiction. Check it out if you have time.

      Peace.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Thanks for the great comments, it's definitely a crazy world we live in today. I'm sure there are many contributing factors to this very deranged situation,, with Rudy being dead we may never know the whole truth.

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      Amy L. Tarr 5 years ago from Home

      Plague, no. Poster-child for not doing drugs, yes. (PS-I'm sure it'll spark quite a few adult halloween costumes.)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Fascinating article DS, Extraordinary scene it must have been for onlookers. It does make you think though! Is it drug related in some form, is it a psychological imbalance or is it something else???

      I find your hubs extremely interesting DS, continued success richly deserved. Voting up, interesting and sharing. Look forward to more!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Wow, definitely a freaky story!! People never cease to amaze me, the planet has gone mad ...

      Sharing, up and definitely interesting.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      I heard his victim was supposed to be receiving a facial reconstruction but I'm just surprised that he even survived

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      Eugene must have been totally insane to do what he did. He must have been crazed. I don't know what would make him do what he did? Its creepy! I would never want to see his victim's face-how horrible!

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Thank you unknown spy! Zombies tend to creep me out to, I think it's their loss of humanity that's really creepy.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      This is very interesting. Your hubs are all interesting DS.

      Gives me creeps when reading about zombies :)

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Absolutely I couldn't agree more the man should be fired, and they need an actual investigation, but you know as well as me that it won't happen, we will be left in the dark.

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      IsadorasThought 5 years ago

      I agree, DS Duby - something IS going on. I just think that current media coverage is covering but up. And seems to be doing it well as all we ("public") know for sure is that it's weird. Yes, the cop probably panicked - still, I don't like the fact that the shooting was only glossed over while it's a big story itself. He should have been fired, instead of giving heroic interviews.

      If media or "recreational" drugs were of so much influence, we would have cannibalism on every street. Not so sure about the clinical trials and/or drugs involved there though...

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Very good points, and believe me when I say I know this isn't an apocalypse or zombie spread but definitely weird. As far as the cops go I'd say he panicked when Rudy growled him or whatever. What ever the case I can't believe that the media talking about cannibalism caused anyone to act it out. Nor do I believe that drugs alone would be the cause. There was almost certainly a mental imbalance in the guy already and he was somehow pushed over the edge. The cop who shot him should probably be investigated to see if he is even fit to be a police officer. It was all just a tragedy just like the other cases of cannibalism. Thanks for commenting and reading.

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      IsadorasThought 5 years ago

      I'm pretty sure "media" (or whoever rules them) would love us to believe in a movie style zombie apocalypse. That builds distrust, makes us wanna buy a gun and lock the doors. There are a lot of great comments under this and your other hub on zombies. However, there are three things I was wondering if anyone else saw connection with:

      1) The Miami Project (to cure paralysis) [if you do go to their research website, I'd advise against watching their video, unless slowed down]

      2) Two Dutch men eating each others flesh on TV ("we just wanted to try what it tasted like and share experience with the audience")

      3) Shooting of Rudy Eugene and why there is so little talk about this. Really? Shot him dead? The man was naked, unarmed - however strong he was, I am pretty sure if the cop shot him in the leg, that would be enough. It feels to me like spreading the message: it's ok to shoot if someone is very strong and acting crazy. Considering additionally that Eugene would not even end up in jail (I reckon he'd plead insanity...), why is no one questioning the police?

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      I don't totally disagree it is horrible whatever caused it, and you're right it isn't the first time, but there have been several cases in the US just in the time since the Miami case happened and mainstream media doesn't give it the coverage it needs. They shouldn't be glorifying it with movies and all that but they need to give it news coverage whether it be a new drug causing the effects or an unknown contagion we have a right to know. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      "Was it the start of a plague destined to wipe out the world population or merely a case of a severely deranged individual who was in desperate need of a padded room and shock therapy?"

      I suppose cannibals have different ways of approaching their victims, but this is certainly not the beginning of such acts. Many other notable acts of cannabalism were discovered long after the attacks. Some were uncovered when police invaded homes and found body parts in pots or a freezer. We never know how it all got started. They might have attacked their victims, ate some of them on the scene and dragged the rest home to cut up, cook or store.

      Regardless of who, what, why, and where, this behavior is shockingly frightening. Was the attacker tested for drug abuse? He was definitely mentally ill caused by something. With this world full of many types of street drugs, alcohol, and numerous sinful acts that are widely accepted as normal, we should not be surprised at anything.

      The sickness of it all is that this kind of thing happens and the world jumps on it like a duck on a junebug to capitalize. The newspapers and magazines are hot off the press, movies are in the making and some are running, and the list goes on and on. The top fright is that people jump on the wagon without realizing that they are part of the show. We go the movies, buy DVD's and anything else that comes of it. People, in general, love it as long as they are not directly involved. Some will imitate it and become directly involved. Anyone who has "gone off" on drugs is capable of anything because the individual no longer has mind control. It is in the hands of the devil.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      I couldn't agree more.

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      Sheepsquatch 5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      If you already have psychological problems the introduction of non-prescribed drugs probably won't help.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      I couldn't imagine what goes through the minds of people like that either, it's truly insane.

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      Jennifer Eugenia 5 years ago from Illinois, United States

      This is great!! I was just saying the other day when I heard about this story to watch out that the zombies are officially here. Lol of course I was just joking around . It really is a sad story I can't imagine what goes through some people's minds to make them do this stuff

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Thank you but it's really because of you guys that I got it. Your great comments make it all worth it.

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      OldWitchcraft 5 years ago from The Atmosphere

      I see you were just awarded the Popularity Award. I've never seen that before.

      Congratulations!

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      These are all great comments, the fact of him resorting to cannibalism is very rare for any drug use practically unheard of. But I wouldn't rule it out for a second, taking narcotics is bad enough without combining them so who really knows, the last really big case of cannibalism in the US was probably Jeffrey Daumer and I don't believe his was drug related either he was just plain crazy. Whatever it is I truly hope this is the last instance of it

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      OldWitchcraft 5 years ago from The Atmosphere

      Oh, and I voted Yes in your poll because I'm a little worried that this could really be a new drug or drug combo. We see new drugs - like meth (which I know is rooted in the pharmaceutical industry of the 19th c., but nobody much heard of until a few years ago, so it is new in that way) - emerge and one is always worse than the previous, it seems. And, I'm not talking about Mary Jane or even cocaine. These are really bad chemical concoctions that poke holes in people's psychic defenses... Frankly, it could be the beginning of a new invasion - a new Dawn of the Living Dead for the 21st c.

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      Grim Master 5 years ago from Below the Earth

      what about him resorting to cannibalism? I don't know why, but he could be on drugs. Who knows?

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      OldWitchcraft 5 years ago from The Atmosphere

      Interesting article. It doesn't seem like they know what caused it.

      I had a gang of meth dealers move into an empty house next to me right after the real estate market crash. They were like living next door to zombies or vampires. I felt like the scream queen in Night of the Living Meth People because I was constantly dialing 911 in terror and grabbing my gun (day and night this went on, but especially at night). They are bodies without a soul and it's as if they've been taken over by all manner of evil spirits. I saw them doing some crazy stuff. They stopped short of eating the people in the neighborhood - but just short of that because they did just about everything else or tried to. Maybe it's a mixture of meth and something like LSD? I don't know enough about those drugs - only the effects of Meth because I was exposed to it through these scary neighbors.

      Accolades and a vote up!

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      mr williams 5 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      Hope that stuff goes on a major decline now

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      I heard about the bath salts as well but the article I read said it was highly unlikely. Personally I have no idea, but I have seen a lot of people high on that stuff or LSD,and even meth and pcp but none of them ever resulted in them eating each other. though nudity is known to happen.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      I honestly don't know that's why I added the disclaimer under the first photo. The page I found it on claims it was though.

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      mr williams 5 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      What the hell? The last picture was actually the victim?

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      Stephany 5 years ago from Somerset New Jersey

      I heard about that on the news and it sounds gross. They say it was due to bath salts that are sold as an alternative to LSD. The reason he was naked, or the reason believed, is cause the drugs raise your body temp, so the man probably undressed cause his body was so hot. Regardless of what made him do it, the whole thing is horrible!