WARNING: This article includes disturbing themes and links to extremely graphic images. Please be advised.
It's rare that a story is so revolting and troubling that it instills a litany of emotions in those who learn its details. But the tragic and grotesque cannibalistic attack that occurred in Miami, Florida, over the Memorial Day Weekend is one of those tales -- a saga that is nightmarish at its core. Police have officially identified the culprit as Rudy Eugene, a 31-year-old who has reportedly been arrested eight times prior to this incident unfolding.
The details surrounding the case are grisly, as the victim, a homeless man just identified as Ronald Poppo, remains in critical condition following the attack. According to multiple accounts and media reports, the only element that was left of the victim's face following the defilement was his goatee. Now, alleged pictures have emerged of the 65-year-old's face and the images are so disturbing, so sickening, that they are almost unbearable to look at.
"He had his face eaten down to his goatee. The forehead was just bone. No nose, no mouth," explained Sgt. Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police. "In my opinion, he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Aguilar's co-worker, Sgt. Javier Ortiz, who serves as vice-president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, added to the horrific description of what was found at the scene of the crime. Aside from citing the extreme amount of blood, he called it one of the "goriest scenes [he's] ever been to."
"It was not only grotesque, it was just very sad, the amount of blood," Ortiz said. "It was very sad to see what happened to this gentleman that had his face eaten."
The image, above, shows Eugene's past mugshot and an image of Poppo prior to the attack. New pictures that purport to show the victim's face post-attack have been circulating the internet. Gawker, which called them "unbelievably horrifying," is among the sites that published the photographs. While these are not yet substantiated, the details presented in the aforementioned descriptions (and the above picture) seem to match what is seen in these very graphic pictures.
Due to their disturbing nature, The Blaze has decided not to publish the images, but you can view them (caution: graphic) here and here. These horrific graphics match another similar picture that was posted on MediaTakeout.com.
While it is hard to imagine that something so grisly, so traumatic actually occurred, the scenario -- regardless of the authenticity of these images -- is an unfortunate reality.