The video showed 31-year-old Rudy Eugene beating and then eating the flesh of 65-year-old Ronald Poppo for nearly 20 minutes until Eugene was fatally shot by Miami police officers. The grotesque scene was unthinkable and many wondered what drove Eugene to cannibalize another man. While many tried to pin the scene on mental illness, reports indicate that Eugene was apparently high and was possibly suffering from a drug-induced psychosis (his mother said he was a nice guy).
As if the Miami incident wasn’t enough, Baltimore Police just reported another disturbing instance of cannibalism. According to the Baltimore Sun, 21-year-old Morgan State University student Alexander Kinyua was arrested and charged with murdering his roommate Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie.
The Huffington Post reports:
Kinyua’s father called police late Tuesday night when Kinyua’s brother reportedly found human remains — a head and two hands — in a metal tin in the basement. The brother and father left the room for a short time, but when they came back, the body parts had been moved and Kinyua was washing out the tin, the paper reported.
Officers searched the house and arrested Kinyua. The man allegedly confessed a shocking revelation: not only had he killed Agyei-Kodie by cutting him up with a knife and then dismembered him, he ingested parts of the victim’s brain and all of his heart. He then allegedly dropped most of the remains in a Dumpster behind a church in Joppatowne.
While cannibalism is certainly not new, these cases are disturbing and scary, and will continue to fuel rumors (and jokes) that zombies are no longer figments of our cinematic imagination, but could very well be your neighbor down the street or that creepy dude you pass on the street.
So, stay safe out there, Clutchettes and Gents, and if someone is looking at you like they want to sop you up with a biscuit, they just might!