Last year Florida witnessed some crazy sh*t, most famously "Miami Zombie" Rudy Eugene tearing the face off of Ronald Poppo before dying in a flurry of bullets.Well, 2013 isn't starting out any more sane.A naked burglar was arrested this morning after allegedly breaking into a yard in Little Haiti, c ... More >>
The world didn't end after all on December 21, so now we all gotta make amends for our bad behavior in 2012. Our New Year's resolutions last year all failed, of course, whether it was taking abuelita to church every Sunday or deleting our Facebook accounts because Mark Zuckerberg is a privacy-pirati ... More >>
Another year down. Thousands more blog posts committed to Riptide's digital page. So what better way to look back at the previous year than to look at the posts that racked up the most page views on this here humble blog. Of course, that makes the year of 2012 look like it was dominated by the Miami ... More >>
Soon after Rudy Eugene gnawed off Ronald Poppo's face near the MacArthur Causeway in May, the media ran wild speculating he was high on "bath salts." Later, commentators suspected LSD, coke, Ecstasy, or PCP. Eugene's girlfriend even insisted a voodoo curse was to blame.Yet when Eugene's autopsy came ... More >>
Ronald Poppo was blunt about the horrific Memorial Day weekend attack by Rudy Eugene that left him blind and disfigured.
"He attacked me," Poppo said. "He just ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes. Basically, that's all there is to say about it."
That recollection cam ... More >>
People love a good story. It's why when Rudy Eugene ate Ronald Poppo's face beneath the MacArthur Causeway on May 26, the whole world latched onto one cop's careless explanation: Bath salts drove Eugene insane.Cue public panic. In Miami, media blamed the mysterious compound -- often called synthetic ... More >>
Though final toxicology results on Rudy Eugene's blood turned up only traces of marijuana, experts say there's no way pot could have caused him to eat a man's face. Instead, some suggest he might have been under the influence of a bath-salts-like substance that laboratories are not yet equipped to d ... More >>
Turns out Rudy Eugene, the "Miami Zombie," was probably not under the influence of bath salts after all. It had been previously reported that Eugene had marijuana in his system, and after further tests, that's all the medical examiners found.
If the Heat wins tonight, it will be a citywide fist punch to the fart box of all the haters around the world. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can go back to wearing their lensless glasses in the obscurity of Oklahoma City. And Charles Barkley can quietly choke on his stupid diet meals.Miami can' ... More >>
About three weeks before Rudy Eugene took off all his clothes and chewed off Ronald Poppo's face, Miami Police had to subdue another naked man who went crazy in the Upper Eastside. Luckily, Andre Patterson didn't seriously hurt anyone and didn't end up dead. The incident occurred on the morning ... More >>
Ronald Poppo, the homeless victim of the face-eating attack, faces a long and expensive road towards recovery. But the international interest in the gruesome event has an upside: To date, around 2,000 Samaritans have donated approximately $75,000 to go to his medical care. We got that figure from La ... More >>
Jackson Memorial Hospital is on something of a streak. After holding a press conference updating the public on their successful treatment of face-eating victim Ronald Poppo, the hospital today revealed details to the public of how they managed to save a Miami teenager after he wound up with a spear ... More >>
Two weeks after having most of his face chewed off by a crazed Rudy Eugene near the MacArthur Causeway in downtown Miami, victim Ronald Poppo is slowly recovering. Jackson Memorial Hospital says the 65-year-old is awake and alert, and the hospital has released new photos of his face after undergoing ... More >>
Riptide used to get a sick kick out of driving over the Julia Tuttle Causeway and informing our visiting friends we were now directly above America's most infamous sex offender colony. Of course, that's no longer there, so instead we'll just take the MacArthur Causeway to the Beach and casually quip ... More >>
Ronald Poppo is currently in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital after having large portions of his face chewed off by Rudy Eugene on Saturday near the MacArthur Causeway. However, it's not Poppo's first trip to Jackson Memorial Hospital after receiving near-fatal injuries in downtown Mi ... More >>
North Miami Beach mom Vivianne Perpignan remembers Rudy Eugene as just another good kid from the football team, who'd stop by her house while hanging out with her son Teddy. The Perpignans live on a residential street a five minute drive from North Miami Beach High, and the neighborhood feels like a ... More >>
People who knew face-eating Rudy Eugene before he became the "Miami Zombie" have been telling news outlets-- including this one-- that he was a good kid who must have been made insane by a drug binge.
But Eugene previously had at least one extremely violent episode, when he was 22 years old. Ripti ... More >>
Nash Perez was driving his kids home from a Sunday afternoon at the Miami Children's Museum when a curious sight made him tap his brakes. A few hundred feet ahead, about midway up the sharp hill 395 climbs near the Miami Herald, a naked man was gesturing angrily at the cars whizzing past. Perez call ... More >>
Since 31-year-old Rudy Eugene was shot and killed by a Miami Police officer while devouring a homeless man's face, his family has stayed mum. But this evening, Eugene's former stepfather, who raised Eugene through much of his childhood, spoke for the first time to Riptide-- and said that the police ... More >>
More than likely, Rudy Eugene was on a
bad acid trip, according to Miami police union chief Armando Aguilar. Eugene's the
naked man who was gnawing the face of a half-naked homeless man on the
MacArthur Causeway near the Miami Herald headquarters Saturday
afternoon. A Miami police officer shot and k ... More >>