Are zombies among us?
Friday June 8, 2012 | By:Jennifer Lysiak, Reporter
LANCASTER- Last week, I decided to go to my parent’s house and every so often when I see them, there will be a Buffalo News article on the kitchen table waiting for me to read. So, last week was no different, and as I sat there reading it I was disgusted and horrified.
The article had to do with Rudy Eugene’s attack on Ronald Poppo on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami. Eugene, 31, who has become known as the “Miami zombie attacker” was shot dead by police because he was chewing off Poppo’s, a homeless man, face.
Honestly, what is wrong with people? There are some psychotic people out there and I just can’t phantom why someone would resort to cannibalism? Some people need to be locked up and just throw away the key.
And of course friends and family of Eugene are painting the usual picture that he was a wonderful, nice kid, which I am sure maybe he was. But police have said otherwise as he does have an arrest record for use of drugs and domestic violence.
According to sources, he supposedly did not use harder drugs on that day, although his “zombie” cannibal attack has been linked to bath salts, a powerful drug that has been compared to a mix of cocaine and speed. Those on the drug become agitated, violent, and psychotic. But it doesn’t change the fact that each one of us is responsible for our own behavior. Whether or not he was on drugs it doesn’t matter. He was a sick and twisted individual apparently who needed help.
After I was done reading the article my dad said, “Makes you wonder if zombies really do exist.” I just laughed and didn’t say much, but the comment for some reason continued to dwell in my mind. Especially, because I then read an article on a Texas mother, who was being accused of killing her newborn by eating part of his brain and biting off three of his toes. There are just no words for that one. Then I read an article about a Maryland college student, 21, telling police he killed a man, and then ate his heart and part of his brain.
Seriously, what is going on? Should I be afraid to walk down the street now, thinking that the person that passes by me is going to try to eat my organs? There are so many other things we are forced to be afraid of such as gun violence and terrorism. Let’s not add cannibalism to the list. I also find it interesting that these events happened one right after the other. Could it be that some people are just trying to get attention? I don’t know, but I hope they know there are other ways to go about doing that.
The most interesting part to all of this was then I realized it wasn’t only my dad questioning if zombies really exist. The whole discussion of zombies became a topic on the Internet for several days.
Then I finally questioned myself. Do I believe zombies exist? Well, I want to say no, but then anything is possible, right? I could wake up tomorrow and the world could be overtaken by zombies, but I could also wake up tomorrow and be abducted by aliens, which is a whole other issue. I guess I am saying I have to see it to believe it.
Some people just need to get help and while some get it and others don’t messed up things like this are going to keep happening. There is no justification for what they did. They ate another human being. How gross is that? There is absolutely nothing that could be said to make me believe these people had a good bone in their bodies or were in the right frame of mind.
Years ago, I remember reading about a vampire cult that was going around sucking people’s blood in New York City. So, we already had vampires and now zombies, so I guess werewolves are next.