The zombie apocalypse is a fascinating, frightening prospect. Friends and loved ones turning on you, no cure, an enemy that refuses to stop, and hungers for your flesh. A world in which the dead don't stay dead. Sounds bleak, doesn't it? Luckily, we all know zombies are fictional creations, and have little-to-no basis in reality. Like, a zombie apocalypse could never actually happen... right?
As it turns out, there have been times, many in the recent past, during which we haven't been so sure. From people attacking and eating folks in Florida without cause (other than bath salts), to individuals who woke up at their own funeral, various real life incidents have left many wondering, are zombies real, and if so, is the zombie apocalypse upon us?
Time to take a closer look at real life zombie attacks and instances of living dead. Were these people (and one animal) who ate flesh and came back to life actually zombies, or was something else going on? Be warned: many of these tales are gruesome. By the end, you too may question whether maybe, just maybe, the zombie outbreak is finally upon us.
There are two types of bath salts, the nice fizzy ones you put in the tub to help you relax, and synthetic cathinones, extreme stimulants synthesized to mimic the effects of the khat plant. If you ever have trouble discerning which one is good for you, check out the case of Rudy Eugene. In 2012, Eugene was in Miami, high on bath salts, when he ran into a homeless man he took issue with. From there, the story is like something out of a horror movie.
Police say they found Eugene naked, hunched over a partially undressed man, chewing on his face. When they pointed guns and shouted at Eugene, he turned around, growled, and went right back to eating. The cops eventually apprehended him and rushed his meal/victim to the hospital, where doctors found the man was missing 75% to 80% of his face.
What's with Florida? This case of a real life zombie attack is as confusing as it is graphic. In 2016, a 19-year-old Austin Harrouff stormed away from a family dinner and attacked a couple in their garage. He stabbed them to death, then began to eat the dead man's face. A neighbor called the police, who used a K-9 unit, stun gun, and the physical force of four officers to stop Harrouff from eating the dead guy.
After detained by police, Harrouff slipped into a coma, and was unconscious for weeks. He was finally released from the hospital to face charges on October 4, seven weeks after the incident took place. Harrouff apparently lost nearly 50 pounds in the hospital, and his father has come forward saying he believes his son was poisoned, hence his actions.
There's an assumption Texans are kind of crazy, but this takes it to a whole other level. In 2012, a 22-year-old man was enjoying some synthetic marijuana when he seemed to suddenly become a real life zombie. His friends realized something was wrong when the man growled and ran at them on all fours. They locked him out of the room and called the cops.
Alerted by the commotion, a family dog came running. Upon seeing the dog, the zombified man choked the animal, beat it, and began to eat it alive. The dog did not survive the attack, and when police got there, the man was sitting on the porch, drenched in its blood.
This is perhaps the most disturbing incident on the list. In 2015, in India, a man heard screams of pain and horror coming from his sister-in-law's house. He burst in and found his sister-in-law was holding her screaming two-year-old daughter, slicing off and eating pieces of her scalp and head. He snatched the child away, and got it medical care immediately.
The mother was beaten by her neighbors, and blamed her behavior on alcohol and hunger. Police saved the zombie woman from the mob, and got her medical care. Her husband hadn't been seen for some time, and it's uncertain what became of him after.