It now turns out that the Miami cannibal, whose shocking crime captivated the attention of the nation a few weeks ago, was not actually a cannibal at all. In fact, after doctors performed the initial autopsy on Rudy Eugene, it was discovered that his stomach contained no amount of human flesh. There were, of course, chunks of human tissue caught in between his teeth. Rudy Eugene was shot to death by police officers in North Miami Beach after they discovered him chewing off the face of a homeless man on the side of a Miami causeway. Since then, people have been scrambling to make sense of this horrific attack, and have hypothesized everything from voodoo cannibalism to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. While both of those scenarios would make for gruesome Hollywood movies, neither are anywhere near the truth.
The police report and autopsy seem to be in line with one another, as the police reports states that Eugene appeared to be spitting out chunks of the victim’s face as he gnawed away on it. The fact that there were no amounts of flesh found in his stomach during the autopsy allows us to conclude that this attack was not done for cannibalistic reasons. There were, however, a large number of undigested pills found in Eugene’s stomach. Officials would not release to the press what pills these where. Hopefully they will in the future, as they could provide clues for why a seemingly normal man, as those close to him attest he was, would go off the deep end in such dramatic and horrifying fashion.
In the hours leading up to the attack, Eugene also smoked marijuana. However, this admission does very little to account for Eugene’s insane behavior that fateful morning, as few individuals have ever had their psychosis snap as a result of smoking weed. The final autopsy results could take weeks, if not months, to fully complete. In the meantime, people are continuing to attribute this crime to a new type of synthetic drug on the market across the country, bath salts. These bath salts are being brought to the forefront of the national drug discussion, as there have been many recent cases, although not as grim as what occurred in Miami, involving people exhibiting bizarre and dangerous behavior after ingesting bath salts.
While it is not known exactly what types of drugs were in Eugene’s system during the attack, we can be sure that it was a concoction of multiple substances. Mixing and matching different drugs, without the supervision of a medical professional, can have devastating consequences. This was seen in Miami. Friends of Eugene’s swear that he was not the type of person to be violent or attack someone without reason. This story is a testament to the incredible power that drugs can have over an individual, and how they can cause them to abandon their morals and remove their ability to make rational decisions. If you or someone you know is struggling from an addiction to drugs, it is vital that they seek help from residential treatment programs.