Zombie Apocalypse: Face-eating across US sign of the coming end?

The so-called "Miami Zombie" wasn't the only case of someone being attacked and having their face gnawed on. There have been two other cases as well, although not quite as violent. But does this signal a foreshadowing of worse things to come? Are we entering a zombie apocalypse?

There have been a few strange incidents over the past few weeks that might prompt the more delusional, gullible, or mentally challenged to consider that there really are zombies loose amongst the general populace. And that's not even considering those whose religions incorporate the possibility of zombies, such as voodoo. Several face-eating attacks have occurred, causing the blogosphere and even parts of the mainstream media (albeit mostly with tongue planted firmly in cheek) to refer to the "zombie apocalypse" and question whether or not it has begun.

To wit: In Miami, the Miami Herald reported that on May 26 police responded to an incident where a naked man was discovered literally devouring the face of an older man. The assailant, dubbed the "Miami Zombie" by some members of the press, ignored the police when they called for him to stop. Even after being shot, witnesses maintained that the attacker, later identified as Rudy Eugene, continued to gnaw at the victim's face, whereupon police shot Eugene several more times, killing him.

The victim was later ID as Ronald Poppo. Our earlier coverage, linked above, includes video and links to purported victim images, after the attack (NSFW).

Prior to the Miami attack, an Illinois man was arrested for domestic battery after he bit the cheek of an 18-year-old woman and threatened to kill her if she called the police.

Just three days following the face-eating attack, a California man was arrested after an altercation turned violent. During a physical fight with his cousin, he bit off the man's nose.

For those that see these events as just the somewhat coincidental actions of violent people whose stories happened to occur within a few days of each other, the strangeness of their targets -- the faces of their victims -- might not mean anything other than that the attackers simply went for the victims' faces. For those who have taken the zombie legend to heart or believe that the acts -- especially the case in Miami -- were just the vanguard of some government-loosed zombie-making bacterium or virus, the three incidents could mean the signal of the coming collapse of civilization.

As would be expected with such a sensationalist series of stories, the Internet has been having a field day with the topic.

Besides being a 2011 Syfy Channel movie about a zombie-creating virus that leaves most of the world dead in 2012, a zombie apocalypse is part of the survivalist and doomsday prepper parlance that describes the mindless hordes or roving bands of survivors that wander the world after some great plague or catastrophe occurs. These groups of "zombies" are often portrayed in films as victims of some degenerative virus that have become cannibalistic hunters. More pragmatic survivalist-oriented types, like those popularized on end-of-the-world reality shows like "Doomsday Preppers," see zombies as the bedraggled, starved, and desperate that will find strength in numbers to forage, maraud, and violently take everything they can to survive in the aftermath of whatever scenario has inevitably befallen civilization.

Regardless of one's beliefs on the subject, there is some good news to be had from all the face-eating that has been going on of late. All three victims are alive, although the Miami victim, now identified as Ronald Poppo, a 65-year-old homeless man, will need several expensive facial reconstructive operations to repair the damage.

(photo credit: iluvrhinestones, Creative Commons)

Comments

Submitted by Markus Negative (not verified) on
'Outbreak' and 'Contagion' were two films that covered the possibilities of a virus that could quickly infect and kill people, all the while 'Outbreak' showed that a virus can be manufactured/created just as it was seen in the movie 28 Days Later (and 28 Weeks Later) in which the people were NOT the walking dead, just infected by a virus that effected the brain instantaneously, causing a person to go crazy....hint hint....and attack another person....hint hint.....and eat them alive....HINT HINT.... What would be the purpose of creating such a virus? Not everyone in the world believes in the morals that the rest of the world- particularly Americans- in living in harmonic peace. There's a saying that I heard a long time ago that goes "Sometimes, there are just those who just want to see the world burn." Can't remember who said it, so I'll give a quote from the great Bill Maher that said "the one thing I hate more than prophecy, is self-fulfilling prophecy." What does that mean? If someone decides that mankind has lived beyond it's course, that mankind NEEDS to be judged and the end needs to happen (by the hand of MAN and not God), then that person will find a way to help Armageddon happen. Bio-chemical warfare is a good example of just how far humans on this planet are willing to go to prove that THEY can end life....ALL life.... Isn't it POSSIBLE that a virus could attack the brain in a way to affect his ability to reason and think clearly, to make that person go crazy so to attack and mutilate another without ANY thought? If so, how are we truly prepared to handle the end?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
That was Michael Cain from The Dark Night that said "Some people just want to watch the world burn"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You can be sure the Miami man Eugene was not on drugs I lived in the era when LSD, PCP was popular, no one not even on bath salts or what every else would do something like eating someones face. Eugene walked from the beach taking his cloths off that is because he wanted to be free like an animal, and he started taking off his victims cloths because he planned to eat as much of him as he could, if no one had been around that poor man would have been eaten until his host was full. Never in my years have I seen anything like this, a virus that can make you become this way is not outlandish, it is real.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It is not so far fetched to think the govt has delivered a vaccine to the public that causes some to behave as deranged people eating others. IF you read about HAARP and the you tube videos talking about the truth behind HAARP, then start reading about Fukishima - check out Christina Consulo's videos - clearly the NWO destruction is upon us. Few will survive Fukishima - many experts are telling us to go to South America that North America is so contaminated we will not survive in the long run. The media is not telling us about this. Spend some time to learn what is the truth and then make comments about zombies hopefully while you are making plans to evacuate in case #4 collapses and a full China Syndrome becomes real. Already there are 2 blobs at 150 tons each under the islands in Japan - radioactive - and what will happen from this point is unknown. The person who is telling us this is on you tube - has a radio show watch or listen to her for your own benefit then start warning others.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
a virus...? meth.

Submitted by Mason (not verified) on
This is a numerous amount happening this week. There was a man who ate his wife in PA. A man throwing his own intestines at police in PA as well I think, and now in Maryland an South African man ate a brain and a heart. Oh, and then the Canadian who sent body parts--we don't know if those were non-choice cuts for a zombie, so he might have eaten the rest. I don't know folks, time to start thinking about what the best weapon for zombie apocolypse. I'm thinking double barrel, and two reliable handguns.

Submitted by Mason (not verified) on
This is a numerous amount happening this week. There was a man who ate his wife in PA. A man throwing his own intestines at police in PA as well I think, and now in Maryland an South African man ate a brain and a heart. Oh, and then the Canadian who sent body parts--we don't know if those were non-choice cuts for a zombie, so he might have eaten the rest. I don't know folks, time to start thinking about what the best weapon for zombie apocolypse. I'm thinking double barrel, and two reliable handguns.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
im scared as hell man i think 2012 might be true i mean why is tht all these strange incidents are happening during 2012 th year when supposedly the world is suppost to end man i dnt even kno wht to say th best thing we can do is just keep calm and nt panic and exterminatre anything tht might hav to do with this

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
well atleast we kno one thing people havnt gt infected bt if i was th civilization i wud keep a pretty good eye on th people who gt bitten cuz something might happen to them so we gta be ready for anything

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
this is really scary..my common sence tells me "they're just crazy people out there..drugs, stress, or a disability is most likley the answer" my gut tells me..keep your gaurd up..IF this is a "zombie apocolypse" i say we need good contact with others who believe this..i say we need to stay in touch..i do not want to die eaten oh no..& if this is real, i wanna know exactly where i can go to keep myself & my loved ones safe..& yes we do need to keep an eye on the victims..this is too scary..

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
you got a good pooint on that staying together plan cause if there is a zombie apocolypse other ppl will freak me and my cousin have already been talking bout the thins we need to do in case of an actual zombie raid. ive bought guns and diffrent types of supplies and im ready viva la zombie apocolypse!!!!!!!!!???!??!?!?!?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The Mayans never said the world was going to end in 2012. The Spanish came over and said what is this non-Gregorian calendar bullshit! Let's burn it! 12-21-2012 happens to be the latest remaining date that wasn't destroyed. And this is according to a living Mayan. You know, someone who was raised and educated within the Mayan culture and whose family never left their homeland. This particular man just thinks Americans have some guilt complexes over screwing over the environment. I definitely believe him before I believe some white American guy sitting in his parents' basement posting crap on the internet (this is not aimed toward anyone in these comments, just a general statement on the whole conspiracy).

Submitted by Lady Morgana (not verified) on
Yes,but it does make for a great movie! :)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
the mayan calendar (yes that silly burnt up non-Gregorian one) doesn't have any sort of leap year. As far as they would be concerned 12-21-2012 already happened a while ago. We'd actually be well into the year 2013.

Submitted by Markus Negative (not verified) on
Well, as far as prophecies and predictions go, last year there was the big 11/11/11 scare (and just before that 1/11/11) where people said "this is it!" And of course, nothing happened. As for Zombies? I do not believe it is logically and scientifically possible for a person to die, really die, then come back. If that happened, I don't think shooting them in the brain would stop them. 28 DAYS LATER and RESIDENT EVIL (games) seem to have a better possibility of something happening that could effect the brain, causing a person to lose all reasoning and the ability to think rationally, reduced to acting on primordial instinct, and causing to attack (and eat) another. The virus infecting one person would spread to two, then two hundred, then two million and so on. And if it's a virus that doesn't kill the host, your looking at people running wildly through the streets, attacking one another, regardless of someone shooting them.... ....not enough bullets.... ...not fast enough to reload.... ...so you're ether DEAD, or worst, infected.... HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! SLEEP TIGHT!! Hee hee hee... Sorry...