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Miami cannibal

 
July 17th 2012
 

 

The US and the rest of the world was shocked in May by reports of a horrific ‘cannibal’ attack on a homeless Ronald Poppo in Miami Florida. Police found attacker Rudy Eugene naked and eating chunks of flesh from the victim’s face.

The story spread widely on the internet. Police reports that the assailant refused to halt the attack after being shot at by police led many commentators to compare it to a real-life zombie attack. Initial reports suggested that Eugene’s actions might have been a result of ingesting ‘bath salts’, yet a later autopsy showed no traces of anything stronger than cannabis.

Legal documents reveal that Poppo, 65, now in recovery at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, had been homeless for up to four decades, with police records showing he was arrested for vagrancy in 1983.

Despite the extent of his injuries (50 per cent of his face was missing after the attack and he has lost the vision in one eye), doctors report that he is upbeat and pragmatic about the attack. His positive attitude throughout treatment has been attributed to a survival instinct developed during his time on the streets.  

Hospital staffs have sent up a fund for donations to cover his medical bills, which has raised $15,000 so far. Although responding well to treatment, Poppo will need further surgery and a number of skin grafts before recovery is complete. During his stay, social workers will also be working with him to help address his chronic homelessness.

 
 
 

 

Contents

New arrivals hit the streets

Soup Run Forum

Web only: Emergency Islington shelter remains open during sub-zero temperatures

Chairman of the board

Rest in peace - in memory of lost friends

Prince poses

Starter pack boost

Wearing a jacket to beg?

Teens found guilty of killing Ralph Millward

The Passage withdraws service "as a last resort"

New learning centre for Glasgow

iHobo game causes controversy

Auckland extends ban on rough sleepers

Homeless interrogation

Affordable housing development opens in Edinburgh

Who decides?

Credit unions

New counts are optional

Nobby on stage

I will never forget you, my people

London homeless services in limbo over ?Ǭ£3.28m cuts

Disused night shelter re-opened for winter months

Coventry Cyrenians forced to cut services

London hub success for new rough sleepers

Crisis Skylight in Birmingham - a year on

Residents look ahead to staff upheaval

Midland Heart report

Labour call for hefty council tax levy on empty homes

Stik pic for the American Church

Lottery grant means new opportunities

Mungo?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s launches women?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s campaign

Homeless people forced into slavery

Homeless couple marry in Australia

Number of homeless in Southend underestimated

Basic banking for all

NSNO expands into west London

Scottish homeless applications drop by 19 per cent

Miami cannibal

Invisible People film UK homeless

The demilitarised zone in North America’s drug war

2012 - the year of the right to permanent accommodation in Scotland?

Crisis at Christmas

The Pavement is recruiting

Rough sleeper donates $250 to charity

Food voucher scheme scrapped

Commemorating friends and companions

Human rights for all

First person: Gemskii on regaining control of her life

The shades come off

Upfront: spikes

Comment: Spikes are the least of your worries

Opinion: All up in smoke?

Heartbreak Hotel, episode 4.

The Pied Piper of Housing

March for the Homeless

Being homeless doesn't mean you can't vote on May 7

The vulnerability ruling

The Queen’s speech

Criminalising homelessness

116-bed hostel for young homeless to close in Southwark

Sponsor a bed and rebuild a life

Hipsters neutralise anti-homeless spikes

What the Brexit will happen now?

Anti-homelessness protesters threatened with eviction, jail by Manchester city council

Showing our impact

Rebirth

The birth of the North Gower Action Group

A pianist, an artist, a dog called George and a new homeless app

Living water

Midwinter blues?

Councils back change in law to tackle rising homelessness

Having problems with your JSA?

Mayoral hustings on homelessness

Skippering

A major step in reducing homelessness?

Liverpool Police homeless curb beggars belief

Charity begins at home?

Legal aid charade

Surviving the streets – by those who've done it

Stop the scandal

Glasgow homeless services at risk

Bill gives councils legal duty to stop homelessness

Homeless Grenfell survivors afraid of deportation

Remembering those who have died in the past year

 

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