City: Miami, FL
Date: May 2012
Memorial Day Weekend changed the landscape of 2012, ushering in paranoia about a possible "Zombie Apocalypse." Halfway through the year, 31-year-old Rudy Eugene was shot to death by Miami police officers after he was discovered completely naked and chewing Ronald Poppo's face off. Seventy-five to eighty percent of Poppo's face was missing; medical professionals were convinced that Eugene was under the influence of the hallucinogenic drug known as "bath salts" at the time of the attack. However, many were shocked when full toxicology reports returned showing that the only drug in Eugene's system was marijuana.
Eugene was tested for several drugs, but the only one "found within the limits of current technology by both laboratories" was marijuana. Everyone was left confused and frightened as tales of cannibalism sprang up nationwide during the summer of 2012.