The media have portrayed the Miami cannibal attack as a random act of savagery, but there may be more to this incident than meets the eye.
It turns out the "Miami Zombie," Rudy Eugene, was acquainted previously with victim Ronald Poppo through a homeless shelter in the city. Eugene and a friend, "Christian," volunteered at the facility, and both men seemed to like Poppo personally.
"Poppo seemed like a nice and kind man. I remember when we gave him food," Christian said.
This story just gets stranger and stranger. Why has it taken so long for this information to emerge? What are the police hiding?
First, the authorities blamed the attack on bath salts, but it was later discovered Eugene had only marijuana in his blood stream. The next month, the United States House of Representatives voted to outlaw the controversial synthetic drug, which is widely sold in head shops. Coincidence? Perhaps.
Eugene's girlfriend said she believes the cannibal was under a voodoo curse, because he was a kind soul who would never harm another person. He toted a Bible everyone he went, and pages from the book were found near the site of the May attack.
Poppo, who sustained gruesome facial injuries, is recovering in the hospital. Doctors haven't said whether he is talking, but of course, he could fill in the blanks of the mysterious attack.
In the meantime, the public is left with many unanswered questions. What possessed a seemingly normal man to resort to cannibalism during a balmy Memorial Day weekend?