Rudy Eugene, the Miami, Fla., man who was shot dead by police while he was chewing off the face of victim Ronald Poppo during Memorial Weekend probably wasn't a cannibal after all.
According to the Miami Herald, recent autopsy reports revealed that no flesh was found in the stomach of Eugene, which means that though Eugene ripped off his victim's face with his teeth, he did not (at least in this particular instance) committed cannibalism as it was previously announced.
The attack, which was initially blamed on the consumption of "bath salts," a recreational drug that has become increasingly popular in the Miami area where the attack took place, was given national coverage due to the gruesome circumstances as well as to the similar cases reported after this Memorial Weekend stunner.
But to make matters worse, Eugene was not probably under the influence of bath salts either. The drug, which is said to have psychotic effects such as an abnormal increase of the temperature of the taker, was blamed for the fact that the attacker was stripped off all of his clothes when the Miami’s McArthur Causeway incident happened.
But, as it turns out, bath salts are typically consumed by inhaling the light powdery substance; and the content of Eugene's stomach has revealed only undigested pill capsules so far.
Though forensics say that it will take weeks to determine the full toxic content of Eugene's stomach, it would be probable that the feared substance won’t be found in the system of the alleged cannibal “zombie” attacker.
Those close to Eugene, including his alleged girlfriend, have also reported that he was no monster, but instead simply someone struggling through his life. They even revealed he was a Christian and was known to use Bible verses in discussions with his friends.
"Something happened out of the ordinary that day. I don't want him to be labeled the Miami Zombie," Eugene's girlfriend Yovonka Bryant, told the Miami Herald. "He was a person. I don't want him to go down like that."