Are Zombies Real?
Earlier this summer there was a real life zombie incident in Miami. Rudy Eugene, a.k.a. the Causeway Cannibal, was allegedly high on bath salts and attacked 65 year-old homeless Ronald Poppo. Eugene first pounded him into unconsciousness then ate away at his face.
Before the attack, Eugene was at South Beach then crossed MacArthur Causeway, stripping off his clothes until naked. Once the police had him surrounded, Eugene refused to stop eating Poppo’s flesh. Police shot him down in response. The victim’s face was eighty percent gone: no nose or mouth, one eye, and bone of forehead exposed. Poppo is still alive.
Eugene’s girlfriend of five years didn’t blame drugs for his violent behavior. Because of Eugene’s Haitian background, she claimed he was a victim himself to a cannibalistic Voodoo curse. At this point I was polishing up my third novel, Bad Juju. The Voodoo aspect of the story scared the hell out of me. It matched much of my research. But the Voodoo link was soon buried…
Bath Salts? I’ll admit to being out of touch, thinking that bath salts were products like Epsom and junk sold at Ulta and Crabtree and Evelyn. Apparently the term describes illegal, designer street drugs that give the user delusions of violence. The chemicals responsible for the ‘high’ are Mephedron, MDPV, and methylone and are banned in thirty-eight states.
Miami soon added the horrific event as a stop on their bus tours. Sadly, this wasn’t the only cannibal/zombie attack on the record. Baltimore had a recent, similar story of Alexander Kinyua eating the heart and brains of his roommate. Wayne Carter of New Jersey allegedly cut open his stomach and threw his intestines at the police. Luka Rocco Magnotta, an adult film star in Canada, hacked up his victim, another adult film star, and sent body parts to two political parties.
These events were not related, but the similarities gave more fuel to the prepper movement. Sales of survival food and ammunitions spiked, and fear and conspiracy are still running rampant. Many believe these events are leading up to the zombie apocalypse connected with End of Days. I’ve read opinions that range from the government using the attackers as their own personal guinea pigs to the above mentioned Voodoo curse.
Bad Juju touches upon the possession and zombification process of Voodoo.