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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Naked Flesh Eater: Police Kill Rudy Eugene

     As a nation of drug addicts and alcoholics, are we creating a class of taser-resistant monsters and flesh-eating zombies?

Excited Delirium Syndrome

     According to  Dr. Deborah Mash, the University of Miami neurologist who coined the term Excited Delirium, men who are high on drugs and/or alcohol, and are mentally ill, can  fly off the handle when placed under stress. Their body temperatures soar to 103-5 degrees, and their hearts race. When in this state, these men also possess supernatural strength, and can be resistant to taser shocks. Many of these men, often overweight and black, die of cardiac or respiratory arrest when fighting with the police. Among forensic pathologists in the United States, Canada, and England, Excited Delirium Syndrome is becoming a recognized cause of death.

Cocaine Psychosis and the Flesh-Eating Man

     At two in the afternoon on Saturday, May 26, 2012, Larry Vegas, while riding his bicycle on the MacArthur off-ramp to Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, saw a naked man on top of another nude man on the pedestrian walkway. The area under the causeway, populated by homeless people, was littered with cardboard mats, personal belongings, syringes, and broken bottles. The person on the pavement wasn't moving as the man on top  chewed away at his face. The witness on the bicycle yelled at the attacker to stop. This man, with pieces of bloody flesh hanging out of his mouth, raised his head, looked at Mr. Vegas, and growled.

     Mr. Vegas, now joined by other horrified witnesses, flagged down a Miami Police officer who ordered the attacker to desist. The attacker, paying no attention to the cop, the rubber-necking motorists, and the witnesses gathering at the scene, continued to tear away his victim's face. Obviously stunned and repelled by what he saw, the officer shot the attacker. When the bullet didn't stop the gruesome assault, the officer fired again, three times, killing the flesh eating predator.

     Paramedics rushed the bloody, badly mauled victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. The homeless victim, whose face had been chewed beyond recognition, was in critical condition.

     The man shot to death by the Miami police officer is a 31-year-old black man named Rudy Eugene. Police theorize Mr. Eugene had been under the influence of "Cocaine Psychosis," a condition which causes the body to heat-up. This might explain why the attacker and his victim were nude.

     Forensic pathologists, police officers, emergency room doctors, EMS personnel, and people who treat drug abusers, have been aware of Cocaine Psychosis since 1987. Cocaine causes dopamine levels in the body to rise, causing euphoria. The dropping of the dopamine level when the drug wears off can cause schizophrenic-like symptoms, and/or extremely violent behavior. Cocaine Psychosis is most common in longtime drug abusers.

     A review of Rudy Eugene's medical background and crime history, as well as a toxicological analysis of his remains, will help determine the source of his wild, animalistic violence.

UPDATE

     At two in the morning on the day of the attack, Rudy Eugene, while at his girlfriend's house, rifled through his clothing and hers, then drove off in his purple Chevy sedan. He told a friend he was going to Miami Beach to attend a Memorial Day party. Later in the day, his car broke down, and as he walked across the 3-mile causeway, stated taking off his clothes. Police found his clothing and his driver's license along the road.

     The ongoing investigation of Rudy Eugene has revealed that he may have been under the influence of a LSD-like synthetic drug called "bath salts." His former wife, Jenny Ductant said this to a reporter: "I wouldn't say he had mental problems but he always felt like people were against him."

     The authorities have identified the victim as 65-year-old Ronald Poppo, a man who lived under the causeway, and has been homeless for 30 years. He is a 1964 graduate of New York City's elite Stuyvesant High School. Before hitting the skids, Poppo had worked in the guidance officer at Stuyvesant. He has lived in Florida 40 years, during which time he has been arrested for petty crimes. Before the Miami police officer shot and killed Rudy Eugene, the attacker had been chewing on Poppo's face for 18 minutes. When the ambulance took the victim from the scene, he had lost 80 percent of his face including his nose, cheeks, lips and an eye.

UPDATE

     Eugene's girlfriend reportedly met him in 2007. Since then, they have had an on-again, off-again relationship. The man she portrays, a guy who read from a Bible he carried everywhere with him, does not comport with the man who ate a stranger's face. While the girlfriend admits that Eugene smoked pot, she believes that on the day he was shot by the police, he was unknowingly drugged. She has also floated the possibility that someone put a Voodoo curse on him.

     In 2004, Eugene was arrested for battery after he threatened his mother and smashed furniture. He also threatened the responding police officer who shot him with a taser device.

UPDATE

     Toxicological tests have revealed that Rudy Eugene, when he attacked the homeless man, was not under the influence of bath salts. He was on marijuana.

      

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