The Year in Bath Salts

Camille Dodero · 12/11/12 09:55AM

It wouldn't be a new year without some media-escalated moral panic over a new and potentially dangerous intoxicant. Except 2012's hazard, a synthetic and cheap legal chemical sold as "bath salts"—varying compositions of mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), and methylone—did have some fairly harrowing consequences. Users who'd ingested too much recounted super-human strength, feelings of demonic possession, vibrantly nightmarish hallucinations; police reports featuring assailants suspected to be under the influence of bath salts documented rabid-animal behaviors like biting, kicking, and primal viciousness.

The Miami Cannibal Wasn't on Bath Salts or 'Spice' or Jenkem or Rainbow Parties

Max Read · 06/27/12 05:27PM

Which dangerous, trendy nightmare drugs was Rudy "Miami Cannibal" Eugue "tripping balls" on when he tried to eat the face of 65-year-old Ronald Poppo in May? Was it "bath salts" — "the new LSD"? Or "Spice," the "synthetic marijuana"? Or was he on LSD, the "old LSD"? Or was it cocaine psychosis? Or was it all of the drugs at once?? Let's look at the coroner's report to find out:

The 'Miami Zombie' Victim Has Been Identified

Leah Beckmann · 05/30/12 09:29AM

The victim of Rudy Eugene's cannibalistic attack has been identified as 65-year-old Ronald Poppo. Poppo, a homeless man with a long criminal record, is still alive in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital. If you're feeling brave, you can take a look at what's left of his face here.

Do These Unbelievably Horrifying Photos Show the Miami Cannibal's Victim?

Max Read · 05/29/12 12:42PM

These two really, unbelievably gruesome photos, allegedly of the Miami man whose face was partially eaten off over Memorial Day weekend, have been circulating around the internet, because the sight of rended flesh is a visceral reminder of the unbearably thin dividing line between life and death, and also because they're really fucking gross.