There’s been a lot of talk about a possible ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ in the last month or so with a spate of gruesome cannibalistic attacks reported in the media. Lots of blamey-fingers were pointed at a new synthetic drug called ‘Bath Salts’, which is supposedly sold as a cocaine substitute.
A great deal of these accusations and associations came about after police working on the ‘Causeway Cannibal’ case speculated that Rudy Eugene, who was responsible for horrifically attacking and chewing off the face of homeless man, Ronald Poppo, may have ingested bath salts and that their influence may have been partly to blame for the attack.
After the ‘Causeway Cannibal’ story broke, several others flooded in, there were people eating each other all over the damn place and a lot of the time, where there was human flesh munching going on, bath salts were thought to be around too!
However, now Rudy Eugene’s toxicology report is back and it states that no trace of bath salts was found in his system, just cannabis and it seems like many of the cases where bath salts have been blamed for crazy cannibalistic behavior might have been speculative too!
Suburra.com’s Narco Polo said: “The idiocy of blaming bath salts for violent gore is obvious to the average person who has used these substances. A bath salt, mephedrone, has been one of the top club drugs in the UK for years and has never precipitated cannibalism.”
He suggests that instead of jumping on the bath salts blame bandwagon, people should look at the scientific evidence that shows “alcohol’s correlation with violence dwarfs that of all other drugs – including PCP, steroids, and stimulants like bath salts.”
Polo then cites a number of violent cannibalistic incidents where alcohol was also involved, including the case of prolific serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who was also an alcoholic. Dahmer killed 17 people and ate them so that they would become a part of him. He admitted that during one attack in 1989, he was so drunk that he brutally murdered a victim and awoke next to dead body, but was unable to remember anything that happened.
He also mentions Russians Maxim Golovatskikh and Yury Mozhnov who drowned a 16-year old and then ate part of her body, claiming they did it because they were hungry and drunk. Then there was Tyree Lincoln Smith aka the ‘Connecticut Cannibal’ who murdered a homeless man and then ate parts of his brain and an eyeball at his cousin’s grave.
Polo mentioned several other cases from around the world where drunken individuals decided to snack on their human counterparts and said, “Because people are familiar with alcohol’s typical users, not just psychos cherry-picked by the media, the alcohol incidents are properly viewed as extremely rare mental-health cases.”
Polo blames “yellow journalism” for the invisibility of “responsible bath salts users.” He feels that politicians have failed to carry out objective studies of the chemicals contained in bath salts and are merely responding to the media frenzy by making it a criminal offence to posses them.
He makes a very good point, while it is not necessarily the right thing to do, it just shows how easy it is to get caught up in the furor surrounding this spate of gruesome attacks and disregard objectivity. It is also indicative of human nature to want to find an outlet of blame for this type of highly violent incident, which understandably, as people, we find difficult to fathom.