It’s the 21st century, but we seem to be in the midst of an epidemic of cannibalism.
It began with the Japanese man who served his cooked genitals to paid diners. Then, it was the naked man who gobbled up the face of a homeless man on a Miami causeway. Next came news of an Iranian professor who cut and ate his wife’s lips. Then it was the college student in Maryland who murdered, dismembered, and ate the heart and brain of his roommate.
Rudy Eugene, the Miami cannibal, had seemingly superhuman strength and eventually was shot dead by the first police officer who arrived on the scene. The president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, Armando Aguilar believes Eugene was on a new street drug called “bath salts.” Emergency room doctors at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital said they have seen a major increase in cases linked to the new drug. Dr. Paul Adams, of the hospital’s Emergency room, said in many of the cases, the person’s temperature has risen to an extremely high level and they become very aggressive. Some have used their jaws as a weapon during attacks. The patients were in a state of delirium and “Extremely strong, I took care of a 150 pound individual who you would have thought he was 250 pounds. It took six security officers to restrain the individual.”
Since then two further incidents have been linked to “bath salts.”
The first occurred on June 2, 2012, when a snarling homeless man, Brandon De Leon, threatened to eat two officers, echoing the Miami attack.
Police were forced to fit 21-year-old De Leon with a Hannibal Lecter-style mask after he was arrested for disturbing the peace in North Miami Beach. When put in a police cruiser De Leon slammed his head against the plexiglass divider and shouted at officers, “I’m going to eat you,” NBC Miami reported. He then growled, gnashed his teeth and tried to bite the hand of an officer attempting to treat his head wounds. Miami police said they believe he was on a cocktail of drugs, including “bath salts” called Cloud Nine.