65-year-old Ronald Poppo was the homeless man savagely attacked in Miami, in late May 2012. Approached by a man, who at first appeared friendly, Ronald endured a cannibalistic attack which lasted 18 minutes. His ordeal and injuries are the stuff of nightmares but Mr Poppo remains philosophical.
SkyNews has reported that the victim told police, "For a very short amount of time I thought he was a good guy," "But he just went and turned berserk. He apparently didn't have a good day at the beach and he - he was coming back. And I guess he took it out, took it out on me, or something. I don't know."
The maniac who jumped on Ronald and begun to literally eat his face was 31-year-old Rudy Eugene. He was shot dead at the scene after failing to heed police warnings. Like an animal who has gone mad he was rightly in our opinion destroyed. Just what could instigate such a heinous crime is not clear. There was drug abuse apparently, but what an insane drug.
Speaking with police Ronald said, "He just ripped me to ribbons. "He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes ... And basically that's all there is to say about it."
Mr Poppo has undergone surgery since the attack. Skin grafts have been used to try and repair the savagery which had ripped his face to pieces. There have always been dreadful crimes against people but this one is particularly nasty. It reminded us of the retired woman in Ibiza who was decapitated last year in a supermarket.
The killer in Ibiza was known to have a mental illness, but even so. The nature of these attacks is sickening.
Mr Poppo is now blind and faces more surgery and obviously an uncertain future. Graphic images of Mr Poppo are online but we have chosen not to show these.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog