“Miami Cannibal” May Have Been Under Voodoo Spell While Eating Man’s Face

Believe it or not, Rudy Eugene — the man who was gunned down in Miami after he ate more than half of another man’s face off — was a regular guy with a family, friends … and even a girlfriend.

31-year-old Rudy Eugene is a global spectacle, and has been making headlines worldwide after he chewed off 75-80% of the flesh from the face of a 65-year-old man named Ronald Poppo, who was reportedly homeless.

Earlier reports indicated that Eugene was also homeless, but as more details about his personal life and background emerge, comes news that he, in fact, had a home, and a live-in girlfriend.

On the Saturday morning (May 26) before Rudy Eugene would become known as the “Miami Cannibal” or the “Miami Zombie” … he held his Bible, and kissed his on-again, off-again girlfriend goodbye after he had woke her up at 5:30 am to tell her he was going out to meet with a “homeboy.”

READ: Bath Salts Caused Miami Man to Strip Naked and Eat Another Man’s Face Off?

Rudy’s girlfriend says he didn’t tell her the name of the friend, or where he was going, and she thought it was strange that he was going through the closet looking for clothes so early in the morning, but she didn’t question him about it.

Before running out the door, he gave her a kiss on the lips and told her “I love you.”

“I told him be safe and I love you too. When he walked out the door I closed it, locked it and went back to sleep,” said Rudy’s girlfriend — who spoke to the Miami Herald on Wednesday under the condition of anonymity.

An hour later she woke up to a phone call. Rudy had called her cell to tell her that his car had broke down.

“He called me and told me his car broke down. He said, ‘I’ll be home, but I’m going to be a little late.’ Then he said, ‘I’m going to call you right back.’”

But Rudy didn’t call back, and that was the last time that his girlfriend would speak to him.

She said she left several messages on his phone before she jumped into her car and drove through North Miami and Miami Gardens looking for him at places he frequents with friends and family.

“I was worried. I couldn’t do anything. I just kept calling the phone,” she said. “I left messages saying, ‘Rudy, call me, I’m really worried.’”

Later that night after she still hadn’t heard from Rudy, she turned on the TV to watch the late-night news, and heard the most unreal story she had probably heard in her entire life:

A naked man near the Miami Herald building had pounced on an innocent homeless man, and savagely used his teeth to rip chunks of flesh from the homeless man’s face. The cannibalistic attacker, with pieces of flesh dangling from his teeth, was shot dead by police.

This is what Ronald Poppo looked like before his face was ripped to shreds by Rudy Eugene, who may have been drugged, or under a voo-doo spell, according to his girlfriend.

“I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, that’s crazy,’ she said, adding that she would have never guessed that the naked cannibal was her religious, Bible-toting boyfriend Rudy Eugene, who often reads scriptures to friends and family, and sometimes to her at night.

“If someone was lost or didn’t know God, he would tell them about him,” she said, adding that Rudy was a “believer in God” and was never violent around her in the five years that they’d been together.

Eugene’s girlfriend spent the next day — Sunday (May 27) — calling friends and family, asking if they had seen him. When they couldn’t come up with any answers, she took to the streets of Miami once again, but had no luck in finding him, as fate would have it.

She says Monday morning (May 28) was when she got the phone call that would change her life. “Rudy’s dead, Rudy’s dead,” the caller with terrible news shouted into the phone.

“I immediately started to scream,” she said. “I don’t know when I hung up the phone, I was hysterical.”

When she went to go grieve with the rest of Rudy’s family in North Miami Beach, the bad news, turned into worse news. The man everyone was referring to as the “Miami Zombie” … was her dead boyfriend.

She couldn’t believe it, she says. “That’s not Rudy, that’s not Rudy,” she remembered saying aloud in shock. “I’ll never be the same,” she said.

Rudy Eugene’s girlfriend says the man being depicted in the media as a “monster” isn’t the sweet, well-mannered man she knew and loved.

Rudy Eugene pictured here in an undated high school yearbook photo

She said that even though he smoked a lot of weed, he didn’t use stronger recreational drugs, and even refused to take over-the-counter medication (like ibuprofen) for simple ailments such as headaches.

Eugene’s girlfriend also said that she was surprised to hear reports that he had been in South Beach in the hours before his savage attack against the homeless man.

In fact, she said Eugene had told her that he wanted to actually avoid South Beach, on account of the heavy police presence for Urban Beach Week. He had been arrested in the past for marijuana possession, and told her that he didn’t want to get arrested.

But Rudy’s girlfriend has her own theory about what happened that fateful day.

Miami police said they believe that when Eugene stripped naked and attacked the homeless man, he was under the influence of a new synthetic drug called bath salts that mimics the effects of highly potent (and illegal) substances like cocaine, LSD and meth-amphetamines … and is known to trigger violent behavior and psychosis.

His girlfriend thinks that someone drugged him unknowingly. Either that, or a supernatural force took over his body and made him act out like a savage beast as as a result of someone putting a voodoo curse on him.

“Something happened out of the ordinary that day. I don’t want him to be labelled the ‘Miami Zombie’,” she told the Miami Herald.

Gruesome accounts of the violent attack may prove her theory that her boyfriend was either drugged or cursed.

An eyewitness told local reporters that he saw Eugene eating his victim’s face and ordered him to stop. “The guy just stood, his head up like that, with pieces of flesh in his mouth. And he growled,” the man said.

The gruesome attack would go on for nearly 20 minutes before officers were able to shoot and kill Eugene, who also growled at them as they too ordered him to stop.

Sgt. Armando Aguilar told a Miami NBC affiliate that Rudy “was actually swallowing pieces of the man’s face.”

He added that as a result of the savage attack, the victim’s “face [was] eaten down to his goatee … the forehead was just bone — no nose, no mouth.”

The 65-year-old victim — Ronald Poppo — is currently being treated at the city’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, and is said to be in “stable condition,” and will most likely recover.

There are reports that Poppo will undergo facial construction, with the costs (estimated to be up to $200,000) to be paid for by his local county.

His attacker, Rudy Eugene, is originally from the country of Haiti, where over 90% of the people are believed to practice voodoo. His girlfriend — who is not Haitian — said she didn’t believe in voodoo “until now.”

“I don’t know how else to explain the attack,” she said.

Eugene and his girlfriend met in 2007. She says Eugene pulled up to her while in traffic on a Miami street and motioned for her to roll down her window, which she did.

“I thought he was cute. I shouted out my number to him and he called me right then. We clicked immediately.”

Their five-year relationship had its ups and downs, and sometimes they would separate for months, then get back together again. Like most couples, she said their problems usually came from issues with communication.

She said Eugene worked at a car wash, and someday wanted to own his own business.

[Miami Herald]


  • rah goo

     Cannibalism is in the genetic system of men whose ancestors were jungle warriors, savages often ate the flesh of enemies to gain their wisdom and at the same time fill their bellies. Its practice is not accepted in modern society.

    • no_skull_jungle_light

      Sorry, we are not cannibals (we kill them when we can) but they run from us, even they are between so called doctors , one of them (surgeon/sawbones) told me by phone “there will be no problem with your mother” and he killed her. Open your eyes all of you. I didn’t burn his gene yet, but I’ll do it as soon I find him. All the rest of you ’Have a better day’.
      (oh yes, police can have this ip, they just defend themselves but never to prevent bad to not happen, they already refused help uncountable many times).
      By the way, how you can recognize them from distance, They all have curved hairs like him if they have hair, and almost all are dark color, non of them have straight hair.
      Most of them you can find between all gypsies in all cities on globe, they “ask you for free money”, or they ask “do you need any help”, they walk free on streets yet…

    • michigan lady

      This wasn’t cannibalism to survive or gain wisdom; it looks to me like this man was possesed by a demon or the devil himself…

  • Rudy Eugene

    I am horny.

    • Ronald Poppo

      Are you hungry ?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Windham/100000696104931 Kathleen Windham

    please find out what happen 

  • Irukandji

    Why does the article mention that Eugene was a “believer in God” (I presume they meant Yahweh) as if to suggest that being a devoutly religious man would detract from the fact that he was a complete psycho?

    Also, why does the article give the girlfriend the benefit of a doubt that voodoo practices may have attributed to the attack? Of course they didn’t! It’s all superstitious nonsense. This is kids’ stuff!

    If you’re going to attribute something to some made-up bullshit I had better see evidence to support that claim.

    • Flip

      God / Bible with Voodooo dont match.

    • sean

       Im saying this as a believer in Yahweh. You can’t take Him seriously, and not acknowledge the reality of voodoo and other more malevolent supernatural practices.

  • Tim55

    if it was A white man eating A black man, That would be A hate crime!?

  • number1fan

    why did the cops have to shoot the man? saddam hussien had a trial. this naked black man was defenseless against their shock guns and police training to subdue. something not right about this.

    • Msutton

      He was eating a man’s face off you idiot.  Stop playing the race card on everything.

    • Flip

      Because there is a law in Miami stating that acts if eminent harm most be stopped and that includes killing the person causing the harm.
      Here inform yourself you idiot before pulling the race card.
      If you were the guy getting your face chewed of, im sure you would want someone to shoot him of your face. Section 13(a) of the Act defines imminent danger as “…..any conditions or practices in any place of employment which are such that a danger exists which could reasonably be expected to cause death or serious physical harm immediately or before the imminence of such danger can be eliminated through the enforcement procedures otherwise provided by this Act.”Requirements. The following conditions must be met before a hazard becomes an imminent danger:There must be a threat of death or serious physical harm. “Serious physical harm” means that a part of the body is damaged so severely that it cannot be used or cannot be used very well.

    • no_skull_jungle_light

      and why is that, he didn’t have place to dance? Poppo refused to serve to society and the wolf didn’t liked that. “Some authorities” have tested all drugs mentioned here and +tens others on me and I was sleeping like a baby. So it’s not voodoo and drugs. And what if someone like me or me was near, I would rape his all molecules with bare hands all naked. And you’re asking me that I would think about what would police do?

    • Anon

      So I guess if someone was eating your face, you would rather the police officer who responded just shout verbal warnings at your assailant, or maybe physically try and remove him in which he may have gotten bitten by this maniac, be he/she be black/white. I guess you would have just rathered that they ate your entire face and who knows what else, before they may be able to somehow stop the cannibal. He was a crazy, nasty excuse for a human being(if you can even call this waste of life, a human being after that display of vulgarity) and he deserved every bullet he got and even a few more for that matter, in fact, he very much deserved to suffer as his poor, now faceless victim, did.

  • Charlie123

    cant stand for people to pull the race card, the point is that he ate anouther human beings face off.  I dont care where your from and what you believe in, that is not right at all, And you should be shot down and killed. And I also dont understand, how was he so religious and talking about god all the time and reading bible versuses.  But yet he smoked weed all the time, last time I heard weed was no whre in the bible, and god does not encourage it either.  The girlfriend talks as if sh had no clue he was not on other drugs.  Either she knew and covering his ass, or their relationship was a fake ass lie.

    • Dani

      Exactly. Weed is NO WHERE in the bible. God does not directly discourage or condone the use, so how does that show he wasn’t a true believer?

  • Godbeliever

    they are god believers….

  • doiknowyou

    Hmmm….I have YET to read an educated comment to this story. If someone mentions him being black, everyone says that person pulled the race card. I honestly don’t care WHAT color he was. I don’t care whether or not he was religious. What I DO care about is that he was stopped before he killed the man he was eating. Another act of mindless violence.. Be it drug induced violence or not, who cares? I am keeping the man who was attacked in my thoughts….I only hope he will be able to recover from this mentally.