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« Reply #40 on: June 12, 2012, 02:07:21 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/12/doctors-say-victim-miami-face-chewing-attack-is-awake-alert/
Doctors say victim of Miami face-chewing attack is awake, alert
June 12, 2012
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« Reply #41 on: June 12, 2012, 05:41:22 PM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/12/2845353/update-on-homeless-man-attacked.html

Man attacked on causeway has possible bullet holes in chest

Posted on Tuesday, 06.12.12

By Elinor J. Brecher and Luisa Yanez
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Doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital on Tuesday said the homeless man mauled on the MacArthur Causeway has holes in his chest that may be bullet wounds.

Nicholas Namias, head of trauma at Ryder and his physician, disclosed that Ronald Poppo had two “mysterious” punctures in his chest.

During the causeway confrontation, a Miami police officer fired four shots, killing attacker Rudy Eugene.

Doctors also confirmed that he lost his left eye in the attack, and his right eye is severely damaged and he may be blind.

Poppo also suffered a brain injury during the attack, much like a car crash victim.

But despite all the problems, his medical team said Poppo is doing much better and is even following the Miami Heat’s championship run.

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« Reply #42 on: June 27, 2012, 06:57:49 PM »

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Medical examiner rules out bath salts in Miami face-chewing attack
June 27, 2012

MIAMI –  Lab tests detected only marijuana in the system of a Florida man shot while chewing another man's face, the medical examiner said Tuesday, ruling out other street drugs including the components typically found in the stimulants known as bath salts.

There has been much speculation about what drugs, if any, would lead to the bizarre behavior that authorities said Rudy Eugene exhibited before and during the gruesome attack that left the other man horribly disfigured. A Miami police union official had suggested that Eugene, who was shot and killed by an officer, was probably under the influence of bath salts.

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner said in a news release that the toxicology detected marijuana, but it didn't find any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs. Eugene also tested negative for adulterants commonly mixed with street drugs.

The department ruled out the most common components found in bath salts, which mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine and have been associated with bizarre crimes in recent months. An outside forensic toxicology lab, which took a second look at the results, also confirmed the absence of bath salts, synthetic marijuana and LSD.
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t's not clear what led to the May 26 attack on Ronald Poppo, a 65-year-old homeless man who remains hospitalized. Eugene's friends and family have said he was religious, not violent and that he didn't drink or do drugs harder than marijuana.

"There's no answer for it, not really," Eugene's younger brother, Marckenson Charles, said in an interview. "Anybody who knew him knows this wasn't the person we knew him to be. Whatever triggered him, there is no answer for this."

Surveillance video from a nearby building shows Eugene stripping Poppo and pummeling him, before appearing to hunch over and lie on top of him. The police officer who shot Eugene to death said he growled at the officer when he told him to stop.

Charles, Eugene's brother, said the family does not plan to pursue any legal action against the police for shooting Eugene.

"They used the force they felt was necessary, even if we don't agree with that,' he said.

He said that Eugene has been buried.
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« Reply #43 on: July 15, 2012, 10:27:49 AM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/14/2895973/the-unraveling-of-rudy-eugene.html


Posted on Saturday, 07.14.12

MacArthur Causeway attacker
The unraveling of Rudy Eugene, aka the causeway face attacker

His descent from ‘sweet and kind’ young man into violent enigma

By Nadege Green and Audra D.S. Burch
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Ruth Charles could not find a Haitian church in Miami to hold a funeral for her son, Rudy Eugene.

The brutal details of his attack on a homeless man, the roaring headlines, the whispers of Vodou or demonic possession, all conspired against Charles, who simply wanted to bury her son with a proper church service and then return to a quiet, anonymous life with a fiancé and two younger sons.

The first church said no, followed by the second. The third said yes then backed out. Same for the fourth church.

The news of Eugene’s death on Memorial Day weekend was already too well known. He was shot to death by Miami police as he crouched over Ronald Poppo’s limp body, naked and growling, chewing off chunks of the man’s face. It took several bullets fired by a stunned police officer to stop him. At 31, the son who had carried a Bible, quoted scripture and worn a four-inch cross on a chain around his neck had become something unrecognizable, known across the nation as the Miami zombie.

Two weeks after Eugene died, a funeral home chapel agreed to hold a service. His mother shuffled into the chapel, sank into a front pew and quietly cried throughout the hourlong service.

“I felt so much frustration. I was angry,” said Charles, 57, though she would not name the churches who had turned her down. “They were members of my Haitian community. They turned their back on me.”

Yet faith remains a recurring theme in the story of Eugene’s life — and in his horrifying death. It is why he evangelized, led a Bible study for friends and had recently been looking for a church home. It is what sent his mother door to door, looking for a church that would have her son’s funeral. It is why police found verses ripped from his Bible scattered across the MacArthur Causeway a few feet from his body. And, perhaps, it is what helps people understand what happened that afternoon.

“Religion and culture are playing a huge role in this story. And because this is very much a story that makes no sense, religion is being used as a framework for understanding,’’ says Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, a University of Miami associate professor of religious studies. “People are using their belief of evil spirits, of dark and light, to try to explain what happened that day.’’

Charles’ fiancé, Raymond Leo, who was with Charles each time a church said no, said she put on a brave face in public but crumbled behind closed doors, overwhelmed by grief and rejection.

“When you’re a Christian, you want the funeral to be in the church,’’ he said. “That’s the way it’s supposed to be.’’

Fast cars, sports and marijuana

Before Rudy Eugene became infamous, he was a fairly ordinary guy — he liked sports, fast cars, action movies. But even those closest to him say Eugene was introspective and private. Now they are left wondering if that quiet shielded something darker, something that drove him to break with reality on a Saturday afternoon in May. Though it was widely speculated that Eugene was under the influence of “bath salts,” a powerful synthetic amphetamine that has fueled a handful of grisly flesh-eating attacks across the country, toxicology tests showed Eugene’s body was clean except for marijuana. A lingering question remains, though — especially among experts — because some synthetic drugs are undetectable. Mental illness could also be a factor, though none of his friends or family say they noticed anything that would lead to that conclusion .

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« Reply #44 on: August 09, 2012, 07:42:28 AM »


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Ronald Poppo Tapes: Face-Eating Victim Says Rudy Eugene 'Just Ripped Me To Ribbons' (VIDEO)

Posted: 08/08/2012 10:40 pm Updated: 08/09/2012 12:01 am

For the first time, Ronald Poppo can be heard describing the day a naked North Miami man attacked him and chewed off most of his face -- and then thanking police for saving his life.

“He just ripped me to ribbons," the 65-year-old calmly told police on interview recordings obtained by CBS Miami. "He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes... And basically that’s all there is to say about it.”

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« Reply #45 on: September 09, 2012, 08:38:25 AM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/08/2992068/film-crew-recreates-gruesome-macarthur.html

Posted on Saturday, 09.08.12

Film crew recreates gruesome MacArthur Causeway attack

By Marsha Halper
mhalper@MiamiHerald.com

A film crew spent hours Saturday recreating the vicious attack on the MacArthur Causeway, in which a homeless man had his face chewed off on Memorial Day weekend.

The crew, which declined requests for an interview, started shooting at about 11 a.m. Motorists driving by the scene and even passengers aboard a double-decker tour bus seemed confused by the disturbing scene. Those within earshot could hear the film's director shouting orders such as, "More violent!," to the two actors playing the role of the attacker, Rudy Eugene, and the victim, Ronald Poppo.

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« Reply #46 on: September 09, 2012, 06:39:02 PM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/08/2992068/film-crew-recreates-gruesome-macarthur.html

Posted on Saturday, 09.08.12

Film crew recreates gruesome MacArthur Causeway attack

By Marsha Halper
mhalper@MiamiHerald.com

A film crew spent hours Saturday recreating the vicious attack on the MacArthur Causeway, in which a homeless man had his face chewed off on Memorial Day weekend.

The crew, which declined requests for an interview, started shooting at about 11 a.m. Motorists driving by the scene and even passengers aboard a double-decker tour bus seemed confused by the disturbing scene. Those within earshot could hear the film's director shouting orders such as, "More violent!," to the two actors playing the role of the attacker, Rudy Eugene, and the victim, Ronald Poppo.

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i dont understand the need for a movie,all the action was caught
on the Miami Herald building security camera footage

Timeline: Face-eating attack in Miami (with narration)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nFLIiVxwVI
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« Reply #47 on: September 09, 2012, 06:40:23 PM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/08/2992068/film-crew-recreates-gruesome-macarthur.html

Posted on Saturday, 09.08.12

Film crew recreates gruesome MacArthur Causeway attack

By Marsha Halper
mhalper@MiamiHerald.com

A film crew spent hours Saturday recreating the vicious attack on the MacArthur Causeway, in which a homeless man had his face chewed off on Memorial Day weekend.

The crew, which declined requests for an interview, started shooting at about 11 a.m. Motorists driving by the scene and even passengers aboard a double-decker tour bus seemed confused by the disturbing scene. Those within earshot could hear the film's director shouting orders such as, "More violent!," to the two actors playing the role of the attacker, Rudy Eugene, and the victim, Ronald Poppo.

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i dont understand the need for a movie,all the action was caught
on the Miami Herald building security camera footage

Timeline: Face-eating attack in Miami (with narration)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nFLIiVxwVI

No, I don't understand the need for a move either.   
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« Reply #48 on: December 26, 2012, 10:00:04 AM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/25/3156401/ronald-poppo-victim-of-causeway.html

Posted on Tuesday, 12.25.12

Causeway victim Ronald Poppo finds peace but not healing
Months after he was savagely attacked and his face gnawed, a homeless man remains blind. But he’s in a safe place brimming with holiday spirit.

BY ELINOR J. BRECHER
ebrecher@MiamiHerald.com

When Ronald Poppo was a kid in the 1950s and ’60s, a family Christmas in Brooklyn meant wind-up model trains circling the tree, Italian dinners of lasagna and stuffed squid, and, because Dec. 25 was also his father’s birthday, ricotta-filled cassata cake.

There was always music, because the Poppos have musical talent. Ronnie, as his older sister and two older brothers called him, played the violin as a child and guitar as a teenager.

And there was church, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as their mother was a devout Baptist.

An aunt brought Christmas presents, recalled Ronald’s sister, Antoinette Poppo, who still lives in New York.

“We were poor, but we didn’t know we were poor,’’ she said.

It’s hard to say when Ronald Poppo last enjoyed childhood Christmas memories, had a merry — or even comfortable — Christmas. After vanishing from the family in the early 1970s, he encamped on the gritty streets of Miami, an inebriated vagrant drifting ever further from the mainstream.

His last known home was the concrete stairwell of a tourist-attraction parking garage.

He surfaced again May 26 as the hapless victim in one of South Florida’s most sensational, blood-drenched crimes. That day, a naked, crazed, 31-year-old Rudy Eugene attacked 65-year-old Poppo on the MacArthur Causeway, stripping away his clothes then gnawing on Poppo’s face, leaving him mutilated and blind.

Police shot and killed Eugene about 18 minutes into the assault.

Through news of the event, Poppo’s stunned siblings learned he’d been alive all along, and people from his past began to emerge with snippets of information about his life before he disappeared onto the streets.

Following intensive medical treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Poppo moved to Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center, an 11-acre, 163-bed nursing home/rehab facility in South Miami-Dade, its halls now cheerily decked with holiday decorations.

He has refused all interview requests since the incident, and apart from allowing doctors to hold a news conference in June, he hasn’t authorized his treating physicians to talk about his medical condition.

Jackson officials closely guard his privacy.

Photos displayed at the June news conference showed Poppo’s face as a mass of clots and raw tissue, his eye sockets hidden under flaps of skin, his nose gone, his cheeks and forehead partially so. Doctors had to remove one mangled eyeball but at the time hoped to save the other, and at least some sight.

They weren’t able to.

His sister says that when they talk, brother Ronnie doesn’t mention the attack, the past, or how he spends his time. But he did recently say that he likes his accommodations and the people who care for him.

“He says they take him outside and walk him around the place,’’ Antoinette Poppo said. “He’s glad to be there. ... He doesn’t really talk much at all. He says, ‘Take care of yourself.’ It’s so sad he can’t see, and has to depend on other people.’’

He told her that “his face hasn’t healed yet,’’ but that he doesn’t want more surgery because “it’s going to hurt.’’
 
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« Reply #49 on: December 26, 2012, 10:34:22 PM »

Wow.  I had wondered if he would have infections.  I've always heard the human mouth is very germy.
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« Reply #50 on: May 27, 2013, 10:36:49 AM »

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-out-of-sight-poppo-20130525,0,3734400.story

Living blind: How Causeway Cannibal victim and others forge on
By Mike Clary, Sun Sentinel

8:27 p.m. EDT, May 25, 2013

In a briefing on the medical condition of Causeway Cannibal victim Ronald Poppo, doctors and therapists last week expressed confidence that the longtime homeless man blinded in a vicious assault could once again lead an independent life.

But in the year since Poppo was disfigured in the unprovoked attack, progress has been slow.

"At first, he didn't even want to learn to walk," said John Clapp, a mobility specialist with the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. "But finally he began to accept me more, to trust, and I started to teach him the cane."

Still, said Clapp, "he doesn't know all the possibilities available to him."

No matter what triggers a sudden descent into darkness — a bullet to the head, a botched surgery, eye disease or a beating — the first reaction to permanent blindness is almost always the same, experts say.

 
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« Reply #51 on: May 27, 2013, 10:46:47 AM »

I wish Ronald Poppo all the best and I hope he can make a new life.  I can't imagine the difficulties he's facing. 
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