This time, it’s in China.
The UK’s Daily Mail reports, July 2, 2012, that a drunk bus driver in southeastern China’s city of Wenzhou, was caught on camera gnawing at a woman’s face in a horrific random attack.
According to local news reports, the driver, named Dong, had been drinking heavily during lunch with his friends before the outburst. Suddenly he ran onto a road and stood in front of the car being driven by a woman named Du, stopping her from moving. Dong climbed on and started beating the car’s hood while the panicked woman screamed for help. When she left the car and tried to escape, Dong leaped on top of her, wrestled her to the ground, and started biting her face. The poor woman was covered in blood and weeping as passers-by tried to pull the crazed man off her.
Witnesses said that the bus driver had gone “crazy” and was successfully resisting attempts to subdue him. When police arrived, they managed to take Dong into custody, bringing his rampage to an end.
Du was taken to hospital, where doctors said she would need plastic surgery to repair her nose and lips.
This incident is the latest in a series of cannibalist horrors. The most notorious of which was the awful attack on a Miami causeway of a homeless man by a naked and growling Rudy Eugene, who chewed off most of the face of his victim before he was shot to death by police.
At the time, Miami police and emergency room physicians had said a new type of lethal synthetic drug sold as “bath salts” might have triggered Eugene’s psychosis. (For more on these evil “bath salts,” see my post, “‘Bath salts’ turn people into zombies.”) But the toxicology report on Eugene specifically ruled out “bath salts”. The only drug found in Eugene’s system was marijuana.
There seems to be no rational explanation for this outbreak of psychotic cannibalism. I’m normally not conspiratorial-minded, but turn to conspiracy theories only as a last resort. But I’m finding myself more and more wondering about a curious “educational” graphic novel published last year by the U.S. federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in March, 2011.
Presented as a “ha ha” tongue-in-cheek spoof, the graphic novel is titled Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic.
This is the CDC’s description of Zombie Pandemic:
CDC has a fun new way of teaching about emergency preparedness. Our new graphic novel, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” demonstrates the importance of being prepared in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy. Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies. Stick around to the end for a surprising twist that will drive home the importance of being prepared for any emergency. Included in the novel is a Preparedness Checklist so that readers can get their family, workplace, or school ready before disaster strikes. Click on the image below to view the novella. A transcript can be found by clicking on the “accessible text” PDF. To order your own copy of the novella click here.
You can read also the comic on the CDC’s website.
In the graphic novel, a “zombie pandemic” has taken place in the southeast of the United States. Hmmm, the incidents of Rudy Eugene and Brandon De Leon were in Miami; that of Carl Jacquneaux took place in Lafayette Parish in Louisiana — all in the United State’ southeastern region!
As Vigilant Citizen notes, while the CDC insists the comic is meant to be an “entertaining way to learn about emergency preparedness”, it does feature a rather odd choice of disease. Here’s a sample from Zombie Pandemic:
The way to deal with the zombie pandemic is, of course, mass vaccination. By the way, the movie “Contagion” was funded by the CDC.