Miami cannibal wasn’t on “bath salts”

We were told after the horrific Miami cannibalism that the attacker, Rudy Eugene, likely had been high on “bath salts” — the synthetic drug sold as “bath salts” in stores and online, which induces paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions and psychotic episodes. (For more on these evil “bath salts,” see my post, “‘Bath salts’ turn people into zombies.”)

The autopsy report on Eugene has just been released. No trace of “bath salts” was found in his body; “only” marijuana was found.

CBS Miami reports, June 27, 2012:

Rudy Eugene, the Causeway Cannibal who ate the face off a homeless man he attacked along the MacArthur Causeway, was apparently not high on bath salts or any other exotic street drug at the time of the attack, according to a report released Wednesday by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner.

The news leaves law enforcement officials wondering what drove Eugene to strip off his clothes, attack homeless man Ronald Poppo, and chew off pieces of flesh from Poppo’s face.

Speculation about the cause of Eugene’s rampage on Poppo’s face centered on drugs, specifically bath salts, after police union officials claimed an increase in bizarre behavior among people on the street using such drugs.

The much-anticipated toxicology report released by Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Dr. Bruce Hyma found marijuana in Eugene’s system, something CBS4 News had previously reported, but no evidence of  any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs. The report said this includes cocaine, LSD, amphetamines (Ecstasy, Meth and others), phencyclidine (PCP or Angel Dust), heroin, oxycodone, Xanax, synthetic marijuana (Spice), and many other similar compounds.

Hyma’s office specifically ruled out bath salts, a class of synthetic drugs that have been known to cause bizarre behavior and overheating of people who use them, two things that made some believe Eugene’s cannibalistic behavior could be blamed on the drugs.

“The department has also sought the assistance of an outside forensic toxicology reference laboratory, which has confirmed the absence of “bath salts,” synthetic marijuana and LSD,” the report said.

“Within the limits of current technology by both laboratories, marijuana is the only drug identified in the body of Mr. Rudy Eugene.”

The news from the medical examiner sends investigators back to square one as they look for what caused Eugene’s bizarre behavior.

Read the rest of the news article here.

That leaves demonic possession as the explanation for an otherwise sane man, who had just spent an uneventful night with his fiancee and had taken no drugs other than pot, savagely attacking a stranger and biting off most of the victim’s face.

~Eowyn

5 responses to “Miami cannibal wasn’t on “bath salts”

  1. Makes it even more disturbing!

  2. Thank you Dr.Eowyn for the update on the previous post. After reading the article, one can safely conclude that this event happened as a result of demonic activity and/or demonic possession. Anyone who rules this out surely lives in fantasy land, given the facts in this case and what happened to this poor homeless man.

  3. doesn’t mean he hadn’t taken bath salts some drugs pass through your system faster than others. for example lsd is out of your system within 24 hours. pot on the other hand takes 30 days.. bath salts may be harder to detect and may dissipate quicker. and why did they jump to the conclusion that it was bath salts in the first place? why not pcp or any one of a number of other mind altering drugs maybe he just had too much obama and lost his mind listening to the crap that flows from the white house

  4. So it was all natural, his psychosis?

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