The so-called Zombie Apocalypse has sparked an Internet craze over the past week. Since last Saturday's horrific Miami cannibal attack where Rudy Eugene beat and ate two-thirds of homeless man, Ronald Poppo's face, there have been numerous other incidences reported where zombie-like behavior has occurred.
In Texas a mother has been accused of killing her newborn baby, before atrociously eating his brain and three of his toes. The case has stunned authorities and Texans for its brutality and lack of motive.
In Maryland a college student confessed to authorities that he had killed someone. Another tragic murder in America, but this case again stood out in the details. The student had not just killed his victim, but he had then gone on to eat his heart and brains. Again police and local residents are at a loss to explain the horrendous incident.
In New Jersey, another case stood out. This time the incident did not involve the eating of flesh or brains, but was equally as horrific. The man stunned witnesses by stabbing himself up to 50 times, before ripping his own intestines out and throwing them at police. Despite his horrific injuries, the man still was difficult to subdue, and officers were forced to use pepper spray.
In the Miami cannibal zombie attack, Poppo was sleeping under a causeway when he was awoken being attacked by Eugene, who seemed intent on devouring his face. Eugene beat Poppo and then undressed the lower half of his dazed victim before straddling him and ripping off pieces of his face with his teeth. It took nearly 20 minutes for police to arrive after the attack started, and even though officers ordered Eugene to stop eating the victim, he simply growled at them before continuing his gory feast. Police decided the strongest action possible was required, and they shot Eugene multiple times before he finally stopped eating his victim. As a result of the attack Poppo is clinging on to life, but is still in critical condition. He suffered horrific injuries which now require major surgery.
The series of incidents have led to a growing discussion to take place online as people dispute whether society is just going into steeper decline, or whether a so-called "zombie apocalypse" has arrived.
The horrific nature of the incidents has of course attracted interest, but many have been at a loss at how to explain the numerous events where seemingly psychotic people just refuse to be subdued; for example in the Miami incident Eugene was shot numerous times and yet continued to attack his victim.
Many commenting on the incidents on the Internet have expressed shock, others calling it a sign of the End Times. However, many have reacted by making fun of the whole situation, and posing jokes or amusing anecdotes. Whether this is just a method of "dealing" with the horrific nature of the news, or whether it is a further indictment of the numbness much of society now has towards such appalling incidences there is something people should not forget: These are real happenings, involving real people, and especially real life victims.