The girlfriend of the Miami flesh-eating attacker said he must have been drugged or under the spell of a voodoo curse to carry out such a savage attack, The Miami Herald reported Thursday.
Rudy Eugene's on-again, off-again girlfriend, who did not wish to be named, told the newspaper that the 31-year-old was a sweet and well-mannered person who had never been violent around her.
Though his girlfriend admitted Eugene was a regular marijuana user, she denied that he took stronger recreational drugs, saying he would not even take over-the-counter medication for minor aches and pains.
Police are investigating whether Eugene was under the influence of a potent new form of the powerful hallucinogen LSD, known as "bath salts," when he seemingly picked 65-year-old homeless man Ronald Poppo at random and launched a vicious 18-minute attack that left Poppo extremely disfigured and fighting for his life.
Eugene's girlfriend told the newspaper she believes he either ingested drugs unknowingly or someone had put a voodoo curse on the Haitian descendent.
"I don't know how else to explain this," she told the newspaper.
The unnamed woman said that Eugene had woken early last Saturday and told her around 5:30am local time he was going to meet a "homeboy." He then kissed her goodbye for the last time.
By that evening she still had not heard from Eugene, who she described as "my baby, my heart." But she had heard the horrific news of a naked man being shot dead by cops after chewing chunks of a man's face and gouging out his eyes.
The woman said she could not believe it when she found out the man being dubbed the "Miami zombie" was her own boyfriend.
"That's not Rudy, that's not Rudy," she recalled saying when she was told the awful truth. "I'll never be the same," she added.
Though his girlfriend denied he was a violent person, Eugene's ex-wife previously told WPLG-TV he had a history of violence.
"I wouldn't say he had [a] mental problem but he always felt like people was against him ... No one was for him, everyone was against him," his former wife, who also was not named, said. The woman, who filed for divorce in 2007, said she left the marriage because Eugene had been violent, and she had not been in contact with him for the past three years.
Eugene's victim Poppo, who has been living homeless in Miami for more than 30 years, was still in Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition Thursday.
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