The news this week has been inundated with stories which seemingly prove it is finally upon us, after all our fan worship for zombie-related films, comics, and shows like “The Walking Dead”. Of course, none has been so strange or horrifying as the tale of Rudy Eugene, the Miami man who attacked a sleeping homeless person on a causeway, stripped him naked, and ate about 75% of his face. Still, a series of odd and mostly violent attacks, murders, and disfigurements/dismemberments have occurred since, sending a good many people into a panic as to whether the end is upon us.
Now we can add one more story to the mix, this one of an unnamed Swedish man who cut off his wife’s lips and ate them. And although the man had a perfectly sane reason for his rage–he says she was cheating on him–it begs the question: Who does that? It’s fine to get angry about your significant other creepin’ on you, but seriously…to cut off their lips? And then eat them? What is going on here?
“It was honor related,” a source told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. “He doesn’t seem to regret a thing; he believes she insulted him…he didn’t want the lips to be able to be sewn back on.”
Ohhhh. Okay. That makes sense then.
Now, I’m not saying this has anything to do with what’s been happening here in the states and in Canada (where a porn star is wanted in connection to a grisly murder/dismemberment/cannibalism); I’m not saying we should be going underground in preparation for some apocalyptic goings-on; I’m not even saying that zombies are real (although with each passing day, as I scroll through the news headlines at the beginning of the day, I am beginning to wonder). But I am curious as to why there’s suddenly an influx of insanely violent events that more often than not involve rage and/or cannibalism. Has this always been going on and the stories just didn’t make national headlines until Rudy Eugene went apeshit and ate someone’s face? Or is this really the beginning of something big?
I suppose we’ll have to wait and see. Until then, consider this.