There's no denying that, so far, 2012 is becoming the Year of the Cannibal. As repugnant as the act of eating human flesh, every day seems to offer us a new story about criminals going crazy and turning into deranged cannibals. While some jokingly speculate that this is the start of a zombie apocalypse, we're it has more to do with the emergence of powerful new psychotropic drugs, like . We can't rule out plain old , either.
Whatever is causing this horribly disturbing trend, we hope it stops soon. Check out eight stories that made headlines in the past few weeks, and maybe get those Zombie Defense kits ready, .
"The Miami Zombie"
During the 18-minute attack, Eugene ate most of Poppo's face off to the bone. When bystanders yelled at Eugene to stop, he merely lifted his head and growled at them. Eventually the Miami Police arrived and had to Eugene several times, killing him, in order to get him to stop eating Poppo's face.
Though it will be months before the official toxicology results are revealed, the unofficial verdict is that Eugene was of bath salts, a powerful new hallucinatory drug.
"The Canadian Cannibal"
Not only that, but Magnotta videotaped the whole thing, uploaded it to a gory website, then started taunting police by sending body parts to Canada's major political parties. In spite of being the subject of an international manhunt, Magnotta managed to fly from Montreal to Paris, then went to Berlin, where he was finally caught. Magnotta was Googling himself and admiring of his crime at a cafe when he was arrested.
Swedish Professor eats his wife's lips
Man serves his own genitals at a banquet
"[Please retweet] I am offering my male genitals (full penis, testes, scrotum) as a meal for 100,000 yen …Will prepare and cook as the buyer requests, at his chosen location."
Mao Sugiyama, a Tokyo man who himself as "asexual," first had elective genital-removal , then he divided the severed penis shaft, testicles, and scrotal skin between the five people who had responded to his strange Twitter request. On April 13, 2012, Sugiyama served the $250-a-plate feast to five diners at a swanky banquet in Japan.
Man eats his roommate's heart and brain
China's latest serial killer sold human flesh at market
When police searched Zhang's home they found human eyeballs preserved inside wine bottles and pieces of human flesh hanging up to dry.
Man bites chunk out of neighbor's face
"During the attack, the suspect bit a chunk of the victim's face off," Scott Assistant Police Chief Kert Thomas told the station.
Credeur said he was working in his yard when Jacquneaux showed up and attacked him. Credeur said he defended himself by spraying wasp poison in the man's face.
Chinese stamina pills contain powdered human fetuses
South Korean officials became aware of a horrific practice of eating aborted fetuses after Seoul Broadcasting System showed a documentary on Chinese doctors who performed abortions and then ate the fetuses. One Chinese doctor on the documentary took out fetuses from his refrigerator.