Miami cannibal Rudy Eugene a ‘church boy’ who was carrying his Bible

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, June 7, 2012 9:50 EDT
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Rudy Eugene, who police in Miami killed as he ate the face off a homeless man. Screenshot via CBS Miami.
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Rudy Eugene, the so-called “Miami zombie” who police recently shot and killed as he chewed most of a homeless man’s face off, did not exhibit any “warning signs” that he might ever behave in such a way, according to a woman claiming to be his girlfriend.

Yovonka Bryant, a 27-year-old woman who’s now being represented by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, told members of the press on Wednesday that she had never seen a violent side to 31-year-old Eugene, saying that he must have been drugged somehow.

“We spoke about marriage and I thought that he would be a good father to my children,” she said, according to Miami NBC affiliate WPTV. “There were no warning signs.”

Police said Eugene’s Bible, with a series of pages torn out, was found near the crime scene, and he also had a Quran in his vehicle. His mother even called him a “church boy,” according to CBS Miami.

A preliminary toxicology report revealed that he had marijuana in his system, but more detailed results were not immediately available. Eugene’s behavior is more consistent with other media reports of users under the influence of a new type of synthetic stimulant sold legally as “bath salts,” but there’s not yet any confirmation he was using the drug. He had been arrested for possession of marijuana once before, and was previously divorced.

Eugene’s victim, 65-year-old Ronald Poppo, sustained severe injuries, including the loss of his left eye and about 80 percent of his face, but is expected to live.

This video is from CBS Miami, broadcast Wednesday, June 6, 2012.


Photo: Screenshot via CBS Miami.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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