Zombie Attacks, Seriously?

I found some interesting news today that reminded me of some news a few years back, and it’s looking pretty insane. Are there seriously zombies? I’m sure you’re sure the answer is no, but read this and then tell me if you feel the same.

image from wptv website
image from wptv website

Austin Harrouff last night was eating a meal with family at a restaurant. Then he stormed off out of the restaurant, apparently displeased with slow service, and what happened next is sure to surprise you. About 45 minutes later, seemingly at random, he targeted John Joseph Stevens III and his wife Michelle Karen Mishcon. In a brutal attack where both victims had massive trauma, lacerations and wounds all over their body, the strangest is yet to come. After the attack, the neighbor who had called 911 was also attacked and suffered serious injury but managed to survive. When police got on scene it was shocking.

As the police arrived, Austin was eating the face of his victim, Stevens, Tearing chunks of flesh off with his teeth. Sheriffs deputies tried using a stun gun on Austin, but it had no effect. A K-9 unit arrived, biting Austin with still no effect. Eventually after a struggle deputies were finally able to pry Austin from his victim, and Austin is now at the hospital under sedation. According to the sheriff, Austin was incoherent and making animal growling noises when he arrived at the hospital.

You can see the full news conference video HERE.

Here’s what I find really strange

This attack is gruesome and strange enough by itself, but the second I heard about it I was immediately reminded of an attack also in Florida in which a homeless man was brutally attacked and his face eaten.

This combo made with undated photos made available by the Miami-Dade Police Dept. shows Rudy Eugene, 31, left, who police shot and killed as he ate the face of Ronald Poppo, 65, right, during a horrific attack in the shadow of the Miami Herald's headquarters on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Poppo was in critical condition Tuesday, with only his goatee intact on his face, the newspaper reported. (AP Photo/Miami-Dade Police Dept.)

In 2012, Rudy Eugene brutally attacked homeless man Ronald Poppo. He ditched his car, crossed the causeway, stripped off his clothes and began attacking Poppo, eating about 75-80% of his face, including ripping out his eyes. Now initial reports and interviews said that Eugene was on bath salts but according to the toxicology reports there was nothing in his system aside from marijuana. This is interesting, because in the statement about Austin Harrouff the sheriff said he had seen these kinds of incidents involving bath salts before, although he didn’t want to speculate. Is this the case of incidents like this before from bath salts? Because this one had nothing to do with bath salts, so unless there’s a lot of unreported bath salt caused face eatings this sheriff seems to be referencing an attack that although popularized as bath salt related wasn’t.

A strange picture is being painted

rudy deadAs I looked into the attack from 2012 more, with renewed interest following news of the attack last night, I’m beginning to see something that doesn’t seem quite right. In an article blaming bath salts in 2012 Dr. Paul Adams, an emergency physician at the Jackson Memorial Rider Trauma Center in Miami said “They [patients] seem to be unaware of their surroundings. They are not rational, very aggressive and are stronger than they usually are. In the emergency room it usually takes four to five people to control them, and we have had a couple of people breaking out of restraints.” He believed at the time that there had been at least several hundred cases in south Florida in the past year.

Since toxicology reports have shown that Eugene was not on bath salts yet his actions seem to still be pushed as fueled by bath salts, it makes me wonder how many of these other cases of bath salt fueled superhuman strength and aggressive animal like behavior also may have nothing to do with bath salts? Are these incidents just being labeled as caused by bath salts because it’s easier than telling the public that we don’t have the answers? Bath salts was the first guess of the Sheriff in the case last night with Harrouff, are they going to find bath salts in his system? Is there a cover going on, blaming these types of attacks on bath salts while they’re really caused by something unknown?

One last thing, food for thought

300px-Stjohnsriver_detailmapFor years, Georgia Pacific has been dumping toxic waste into the St Johns river. Interestingly enough, the St Johns river flows near where both the attacks occurred in southern Florida. I’m not saying the two are related since I’m definitely not up for getting sued or worse by the cock, I mean Koch, brothers but that is an interesting coincidence……