MIAMI (CBS4) -Hours before a naked Rudy Eugene devoured nearly 75 percent of a homeless man’s face on the Miami side of the MacArthur Causeway, he spent the morning on South Beach, cruising the streets in his purple sedan and mingling with visitors in town for Urban Beach Weekend.
CBS4 News Investigative Reporter Jim DeFede was able to piece together the final twelve hours of Eugene’s life, culminating with the horrific moment Saturday afternoon when the 31-year-old turned into a growling cannibal and attacked Robert Poppo, a homeless man who frequently slept under the causeway. Eugene ripped the clothes from Poppo’s body and then the flesh from Poppo’s face before a Miami police officer finally arrived and shot Eugene to death.
Since the incident, police have been trying to learn how these two men’s lives came to intersect one another as well as what may have caused Eugene to turn into the living embodiment of Hannibal Lechter.
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