2012-zombie-incidentsZombie News - 06.28.2012
Rudy Eugene, the man who chewed off Ronald Poppo’s face on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami, had no drugs in his system other than marijuana according to the Miami Dade coroners office. On May 26, police shot Eugene to death in the wake of a brutal and cannibalistic attack which left his victim in critical condition.
Police first theorized that Eugene, who was naked during he attack, was suffering from cocaine psychosis. This was quickly followed by another theory that the synthetic stimulant known as “bath salts” was to blame. Both theories have been proven wrong by an autopsy and toxicology report. The bath salts theory was put forth by the Armando Aguilar, the president of Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police and not based on any evidence at hand.
The Miami Dade coroners office went as far as hiring an outside forensic toxicology lab.They report that no drugs, apart from marijuana were found in Eugene’s system.
This quickly led to bath salts being blamed for a slew of bizarre and often cannibalistic attacks across the country. One attack in Palmdale county occurred when a man stripped naked attacked his family, and bit a hunk out of another’s arm. In Waco Texas, another man killed and ate a family dig after attacking family members.
Congress has recently passed a bill federally banning the chemicals marketed as bath salts, the bill awaits the president’s signature. The problem is that this knee-jerk legislation is based on conjecture and hype and no evidents. While Bath Salts may be a dangerous street drug, there is zero evidence they led to any of these attacks.
The cause of the zombie-like attack and other zombie incidents is still unclear, and may remain so. The coroner has no explanation for the violent animalistic behavior.
Zombie News - 06.26.2012
In another zombie-like attack, police in Waco, Texas arrested 22-year-old Michael Daniel Monday after they say he ate the family dog. Police were called to the home by family members who said Daniel assaulted people at the home, chased a neighbor and started barking and growling.
Witnesses then said that Daniel grabbed the family dog, beat and strangled it, and started to eat it.
Police say that Daniel had ingested “K-2,” a synthetic drug like Bath Salts. Daniel was taken to the hospital and now faces a felony charge for animal cruelty.
Zombie News - 06.21.2012
This time it’s Palmetto, Florida. The latest zombie like attack occurred Wednesday night after a man under the influence bit off a piece of someone’s arm off during a visit with his children.
Authorities say Baker, high on an unknown drug, went to his girlfriend’s home on 25th St in Palmetto to visit his kids at 10:15 p.m. They say he barged in, began yelling and took off his clothes. He began to scream and throw furniture around the home.
Jeffery Blake, who lives in the home, attempted to restrain Baker, but the suspect bit him, taking a chunk of his flesh from his bicep. He was eventually able to get Baker to the ground and kept him there until two deputies arrived.
When the police arrived, Blake released Baker. Baker got up, but would not respond to deputies orders. According to deputies Baker faced them, tensing his body, clenching his fists and screaming. Baker, still naked, acted like he was going to rush the deputies, according to the report.
Zombie News - 06.15.2012
With several brutal and cannibalistic attacks in recent news, including the Miami incident in May, we often get the question about how to recognize the coming zombie apocalypse.
The question is somewhat difficult to answer, given that we’ve never been through one. However, if we look at a zombie apocalypse as a pandemic, we can look for events. A pandemic, as opposed to an epidemic, is an infectious disease spread across a large area. For a disease to be pandemic – it must be infectius and spread from person to person.
The World Health Organization identifies a model for influenza spread which could be applied here. It starts with animals being infected, then animal to some human spread, then human to human spread, and finally the disease travels around the world.
To identify a potential zombie outbreak being driven by an infectious agent, we’d want to look for several signs: