Face-eating man 'was funny and friendly'

2012-05-30 16:57

Cape Town – The man who was shot and killed by a Miami police officer who found him gnawing on the face of a homeless man has been described by friends as funny and friendly, with a particularly radiant smile, says a report in the Miami Herald.

"Rudy was not a face-eating zombie monster," his high school friend Victoria Forte told the newspaper. "The Rudy we know was a nice gentleman with a warm smile, and funny."

Rudy Eugene's victim has been named as 65-year-old Ronald Poppo who, records show, had been homeless for decades. According to the report, Poppo is still in critical condition after his nose, mouth and eyes were chewed off by Eugene.

The paper said surveillance footage seemed to show that Eugene, aged 31, who had been walking naked along the McArthur Causeway "stumbled upon Poppo by sheer happenstance" before pouncing on the homeless man who was dozing in the shade of elevated train tracks on Saturday afternoon.

The attack, during which Eugene punched Poppo and stripped off his pants, lasted for about 18 minutes.


The paper reported that Eugene was in Miami to party over Memorial Day weekend. Before the attack, he had been with his girlfriend who told police that he had been acting strangely before leaving in his car.

"He had his ups and downs, but he was not an aggressive person. He was really sweet and giving," Erica Smith, a close friend and former roommate of Eugene's told the paper.

Smith said Eugene was down on his luck with a string of arrests and a broken marriage, but recently was getting his life back together.

"He did smoke [marijuana], I'm not going to lie about that," Smith said. "Someone must have given him something really bad. A few days ago he told my brother that he was really depressed and didn't want to live anymore. He was a guy who just wanted a family and someone to love him."
A Miami police union official speculated that he must have been high on LSD or some other drug that causes psychosis as the body overheats.

  • Bradley - 2012-05-30 17:08


      brendonml - 2012-05-30 21:32

      only in america

      Brad - 2012-05-31 08:45

      MMmmmmmmmmmm....Bbbrraaaiiiiiinnnnnssss....And so the zombie apocalypse starts...

  • mojay786 - 2012-05-30 17:12

    f@#$ing crazy

  • Ryno - 2012-05-30 17:15

    the united freaks of america

  • Grant - 2012-05-30 17:17

    Down on his luck after a string of arrests? If only he had got away with them, then he wouldnt have needed to take drugs... ???

  • tobydt - 2012-05-30 17:41

    The Zombie apocalypse is apon us. World War Z = 21st December 2012.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-05-30 17:43

    "Nice guy", "turnin his life aroun'", along with a string of arrests. I bet if you dig enough, you'll find he was an "aspiring rapper" too.

  • Phoenix - 2012-05-30 17:45

    I love children but I've never been able to finish a whole one.

      Rob - 2012-05-30 18:12

      Uhhhh....Lol...I think !

      Manie - 2012-05-30 19:03

      I have some leftover clown in my fridge, but its starting to taste funny.

      Chris - 2012-06-03 04:11

      baby... the other, OTHER white meat!

  • rbphiri - 2012-05-30 17:52

    The man who was shot and killed by a Miami police officer who found him gnawing on the face of a homeless man has been described by friends as funny and friendly, with a particularly radiant smile. radiant smile? hmmm??? and also had radiant teeth to chew his victims face off. I'm so hungry i can eat the homeless! wtf! what happened to I'm so hungry i can eat a cow. I mean who the hell in their right mind strips naked and eats the homeless. This is sever punishment to the homeless man, now his faceless many less can he take.

      Jimmy - 2012-05-31 08:54

      I'm not standing up for zombie boy here... but this guy was obviously not "in his right mind".. he was without a doubt on a VERY strong hallucinogenic drug, he himself probably didn't even know what the hell he was doing. You get some seriously powerful hallucinogenics out there that takes complete control of your personality for 12hours or so, and you have no control over what you say, think or do. If this guy wasn't shot and he sobered up and you told him a day later that he ate a man's face during his drug induced stupor, he would not believe you and would not remember a thing..

  • tmmotsa - 2012-05-30 17:53

    so unpleasent.

  • tmmotsa - 2012-05-30 17:54

    so unpleasent.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-05-30 18:19

    I read in science book we share the some of DNA with pigs and therefore humans taste just like pig, maybe this guy was hungry for some bacon

  • Matt - 2012-05-30 18:24

    Definitely a funny guy, I'm in stitches with this story lol.

  • liana.franzsen - 2012-05-30 18:29

    Sheeet! Suddenly the Chicken Licken "beggar" ad came to mind. Maybe he ate some bad chicken... Eish hectic!!

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-05-30 18:41

    White zombie

  • Fawzia - 2012-05-30 18:58

    He probably used that funny & friendly face as a facade , to dupe those around him.

  • Andre - 2012-05-30 19:06

    Is this where Haniball Lector has been hiding all these years?

  • Twentyfivemay - 2012-05-30 19:09

    Maybe he was just hungry

  • Garth Lansdown - 2012-05-30 20:33

    Bloody Americans. There must be something in the air.

  • Ted - 2012-05-31 00:44

    The name of the victim didn't help much. Ronald 'Paw-Paw'. Must be edible

  • iwan.v.schalkwyk - 2012-05-31 05:55

    I'm guessing it was PCP.

  • risuna.baloyi - 2012-05-31 08:33

    This jus demonic,period! This man wasn't just high he was possessed.

  • Preshen - 2012-05-31 08:46

    Maybe he was eating a clown

  • jaco.pieterse.18 - 2012-05-31 08:56

    Maybe he had the ill munchies after his cannabis

  • David - 2012-05-31 16:09

    I mean i get the Munchies from time to time ... But never that Bad ...

  • louise.burger.lj - 2012-05-31 16:14

    guess i have to stop smoking pot now hehehehe lol ;)

  • khanyisasuccess.mabundaluvhengo - 2012-05-31 22:31

    I've always had mother f#*@#*, nw its old man eater...have mercy on us Lord

  • Wanga - 2012-06-04 13:41


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