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Usually I leave current news to countless blog sites out there but this one is just too strange to pass up!

A man in Miami, Rudy Eugene, 31 years old was shot dead by the Miami police when they found the strange scene of a man attacking another man and eating his face. I am not kidding you either, this is real news…

So… why so weird? Drugs are being blamed at the forefront of the news, the attack has left his victim in a critical condition. Not deterred by one shot at him the crazed man continued until he was killed by multiple rounds.  Before I get into the details too much I just wanted to add, wtf to the people who passed this by and did nothing!! Nothing at all, one person on a bicycle is seen continuing on in the video.

So the victim appears to have been named as Ronald Poppo, a 65 year-old man. He remains critical with a substantial amount of damage to his face, the details I can get suggest anything from over two thirds to 75/80% of his face having been chewed upon by the assailant.

There is a theory this is something drug related, that it has come from smoking Bathsalts or possibly LSD hallucinations. Either way the man was naked, possibly trying to cool down from the drugs, and the first shot did not affect him enough to stop. Let’s wait to see what Toxicology makes of it eh?

The police are involved some time later when a passer-by finally reports the strange event.  I don’t believe for one moment “possible zombie outbreak” is going to have been covered in the handbook!

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Is better known as Cotard Delusion, a rare mental disorder where the sufferer believes they are dead (figuratively or literally). They are convinced they no longer exist, may be rotting, have lost all their blood and in rarer still cases, may be convinced they are immortal.

A French neurologist, Jules Cotard, was the first to describe the strange condition. This goes back to an earlier post describing Capgras, in that similar traits occur. The sufferer can even feel no sense of association with their own face, this can then lead to further confirmation that they do not exist.

It is a disorder encountered mostly through a sufferer of an already present disorder such as schizoprenia, but may also be associated with depression, or to adverse reactions to drugs.

Okay so if you have never heard of this, or are not British the humour might well mean little to you but! I loved it when it was on TV.  Father Lionel Fanthorpe presented the show and if he had been my local church representative I would have gone every day.

The Fortean Times magazine is still one of the best magazines around for me. I adored the tales and I loved to read their takes on things.

There are some lovely quirky English tales but they also cover them from around the world.  Some of the video’s are wonderfully amusing, they just seem to cheesy but at the same time the stories are great so I found myself avidly watching them anyway, perhaps because it is so tongue in cheek.

I leave you with a sample.

The Chase Vault is located 7 miles from Bridgetown in Barbados, the reason the family vault has become famous is down an incredible tale about the coffins moving. The vault has half above ground and the other half below, this was to protect the vault from natural elements. Due to the story of the moving coffin and over a number of years the vault was eventually left abandoned.

Whilst there has been a few versions the most elemental parts remain the same. The vault was constructed for James Elliott in 1724 but he was never buried there. Instead it’s first occupant was Thomasina Goddard in 1807. Sometime a year later the vault came into the hands of the Chase Family, a wealthy Barbados family. Rumours are that the head of the family, Thomas Chase, was not well liked and he was cruel to his slaves.

On Feb 22nd 1808 the body of his infant daughter, Mary Ann Maria Chase was taken to the vault. Goddard’s wooden casket sat in the corner as expected. In 1812 it was then opened again to bury his other daughter, Dorcas. Again nothing unusual was reported, the two girls lay at rest. One month later it was Thomas Chase himself that was to be placed in the vault. One of the girls caskets was found displaced, reports around the time say Mary’s coffin was thrown from the north-east corner to the opposite corner with such force it was standing on its end. It was assumed to be the work of vandals, the caskets were placed back in place and the marble slab covering the entrance was put back in place.

1816 – another infant Samuel Brewster Ames was to be placed in the vault. This time all of the coffin’s bar Goddard’s were moved. To replace Thomas Chase’s casket took eight men to move it, due to the weight. Once more they ordered the caskets into place and left. Samuel Brewster the elder was then placed there in Nov 1816, again the coffins were moved and the vault had to be sorted again.

By this time the local legend had found more than one interested party, 1819 they buried Thomasina Clark and again the coffins had been moved. The governor, Lord Combermere was at the burial. A search showed there was not sign of movement in the sand, no secret entrances but sadly due to the constant disturbances Goddard’s wooden coffin was showing signs of decay and was slowly falling to pieces. The governor and the officials there placed their seals in the cement as a proof it was remaining sealed up.

In 1820, eight months later, they opened the vault. The seals remained in tact and the slab was in place but the coffins had once again moved. With the exception of Goddard’s casket they were all strewn around again. This time however a rather grim report came from the People’s Almanac that Dorcas’  bony arm was sticking out of the side of her coffin. After this the coffins were placed elsewhere and the Chase Vault was abandoned. Christ Church Parish Church is there the vault is still located today, and whilst there are no reports in the papers about the event it would appear that the originator of the story Thomas H Orderson, the Rector of the time, did provide his accounts to interest parties.

The Williams Vault, nearby was supposedly affected with some similar story. Speculation states they were hoaxes by Freemason’s or other such ideas.

Below are two pictures I found on a google search. The first is an older depiction and the second the most recent.