Today is a fine day for Infocult, as the world offers all kinds of real-life Gothic news.
"We have new details about just how much of the man's face was bitten off."
the naked man [police] shot was trying to chew the face off another naked man, and refused to obey police orders to stop his grisly meal, which one source now claims included his victim’s nose and eyeballs.
(It's not too often we find such Gothic phrasing as "grisly meal" in mainstream sources these days.)
The zombie story skeleton has obtained a bit more flesh:
A witness to the disturbing crime, Larry Vega, had been riding his bike past the scene. He tried to get the “cannibal man” to stop, but he would not relent.
“I told him to get off and the other guy just kept eating the other guy away,” he told WSVN-Fox 7.
Vega then notified authorities, who commanded the “cannibal” to stop.
“The guy just stood, his head up like that, with pieces of flesh in his mouth. And he growled,” the cyclist added.
To make the story even more frightening, when the officer fired, police said the attacker continued to chew on the other man’s face, forcing the officer to continue shooting until the suspect was dead.
Classic. And there's more:
- The hungry man now has a nickname, The Causeway Cannibal. (Remember Thomas Harris describing this process?)
- Classic serial killer background detail: "neighbors remember him[:] 'The only thing I remember was he was a quiet boy,' said Micheline Barret."
- Pulp fiction alert: Miami reports keep referring to the attacker as having "superhuman strength."
- Bonus drug war: news reports are blaming all kinds of drugs (not the internet!) (not yet), from LSD varieties to bath salts to meth. Wait for the next cautionary tale - "Don't do drugs, kids, or you'll end up chewing somebody's eyeballs."
One digital aspect is that a surveillance camera captured part of the scene, from a tantalizingly weird angle.
More as stories come in. But first, on to other real-life Gothic tales.
(thanks to the many culinary friends of Infocult)