MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In popular culture, zombies and cannibals typically start popping up and a global apocalypse is soon to follow or already underway. While that's not exactly what's happening, cases of cannibalism and other bizarre behavior with bodies have suddenly started popping up around the world.
It all started over the weekend in South Florida when Rudy Eugene attacked Ronald Poppo on the MacArthur Causeway. Eugene began biting and eating Poppo's face off before finally being shot to death by police to stop the attack.
The crime shocked the world, especially after details came out that when officers initially told Eugene to stop, he looked up growled and went back to eating Poppo's face.
But that was just the beginning of the bizarre cannibalistic stories that began popping up across the U.S. and around the globe.
Thursday, Maryland student Alexander Kinyua was arrested and charged with murdering a housemate. When police searched the home they found a human head and two hands. Kinyua told Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies that he had killed the roommate by cutting him up with a knife.
Kinyua continued telling police that after he had killed the roommate, Kujoe Bnosafo Agyei-Kodie, 37; he then ate the dead man's heart and parts of his brain. Kinyua also gave deputies the location of the rest of Agyei-Kodie's remains, which were behind a nearby Baptist church.
In Canada, 29-year-old Luka Magnotta was being sought by international authorities after a missing Chinese student he was in a relationship with was killed, chopped up and eaten. Some of the parts were mailed to both the liberal and conservative parties in Ottawa.
Montreal Police in masks spent part of the week combing through the blood-soaked apartment Magnotta had in the city. Magnotta's name has also come up in London after he posted a video showing a kitten being fed to a python.
A video purporting to be from Magnotta of the murder scene in Montreal was posted online as well. He reportedly told a London paper about six months ago about the cat video, "don't worry, in the near future you will be hearing from me again. This time, however, the victims won't be small animals." He continued, "Once you kill, and taste blood, it's impossible to stop."
Meanwhile in China, a loner dubbed the cannibal monster was arrested for allegedly killing 11 men. Chinese news reports said Zhang Yongming, 56, had chopped up the bodies of the dead and sold the flesh to unsuspecting consumers.
Hong Kong newspaper The Standard reported police had discovered human eyeballs preserved inside wine bottles and pieces of what appeared to be human flesh hanging up in Mr. Zhang's home.
Also on Wednesday, Hackensack, New Jersey Police got more than they bargained for when they found Wayne Carter, 43. Police found Carter in a corner and he was stabbing himself with a knife. Hackensack Police said Carter threw parts of his intestines and some of his skin at the arresting officers.
It's been quite a week in brutal crime.
But, if you're fearful that a zombie-like apocalypse is already underway, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has you covered with their guide to "Zombie Preparedness."
- Click here to read the CDC's guide.
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