Miami cannibal dubbed ‘zombie’ after eating homeless man’s face in horror attack

A naked man fatally shot by police had been dubbed a "zombie" after he was spotted chewing on another man's face on MacArthur Causeway.

Ten years on from the eerie death of Rudy Eugene, 31, and the details are still as gruesome as ever, with a series of arrests littering the cannibal's rap sheet before the attack.

Eugene was shot multiple times by Miami police during the grisly assault on Ronald Poppo, whose estranged family had presumed he was dead before the attack.

Since then, speculation over what caused Eugene's manic attack and cannibalistic intent have been circulated by police, toxicologists and Eugene's family and friends.

Eugene, who was dubbed the "Miami Zombie" and "Causeway Cannibal" had chomped down on Poppo's face in a bizarre attack preceded by Eugene accusing the 65-year-old of stealing his Bible.

He then beat the pensioner unconscious, removed his trousers and bit off most of his face above the beard, blinding him in both eyes.

The reasons behind the attack still remain unclear, but Eugene was shot to death by Miami police, who speculated that Eugene had been dabbling in bath salts and may have been a factor.

Toxicology reports say they were only able to identify marijuana in Eugene's system.

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The Miami Zombie was said to be working at a car wash and divorced, with a petty crime rap sheet dating back to when Eugene was just 16, HuffingtonPost reported at the time of the attack.

Ex-wife Jenny Duncant said at the time: "I wouldn't say he had [a] mental problem but he always felt like people was against him type of attitude. No one was for him, everyone was against him."

Homeless people said that Eugene was frequently spotted wandering around the area of the attack, looking confused and on May 26, 2012, an eyewitness called police after seeing Eugene, naked, chewing on a man's face.

Armando Aguilar of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police Aguilar said at the time: "75 to 80 percent of his face was missing. He was actually swalloing pieces of the man's face."

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