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‘I’m a eat you’: Crazed naked man high on bath salts threatens to eat police officers as they try to arrest him on golf course

Newest 'cannibal': Karl Laventure apparently told police he wanted to eat their facesNewest ‘cannibal’: Karl Laventure apparently told police he wanted to eat their faces

A ‘zombie cannibal’ was tasered by police after he charged at them wielding a golf club.

Karl Laventure, 21, was believed to be high on bath salts when he tried to attack the officers in Lilburn, Georgia.

And after they had managed to subdue him he began threatening to eat them.

Laventure appeared out of some woods and was seen running naked around a golf range near Atlanta, swinging a club around his head and screaming.

Police said that it took several officers to subdue the man who had ‘super-human strength’.

‘He came running at us out of the woodline,’ officer Ross Hancock told local station WSBTV.

At first, they tried using pepper spray to stop him, but that left him undeterred.

‘He didn’t even wipe his eyes, he just kept them open,’ Mr Hancock said of the pepper spray.

They then turned to their Tasers and though that momentarily shocked Laventure to the ground, it did not stop him.

Trouble: It took several police officers a significant amount of effort to subdue Karl Laventure when he was allegedly high on bathsaltsTrouble: It took several police officers a significant amount of effort to subdue Karl Laventure when he was allegedly high on bathsalts
 ‘We had to Tase him approximately five more times on scene to get him down. It took several officers to hold him down to get him cuffed,’ Mr Hancock told the station.
A video clip of the June 14 arrest shows Laventure lying face down on the ground, shirtless, mumbling seemingly disconnected thoughts and threatening to eat the faces of the officers.

Interrupted: Witnesses saw a naked Laventure running around the Atlanta Golf Center on June 14 'making animal noises'Interrupted: Witnesses saw a naked Laventure running around the Atlanta Golf Center on June 14 ‘making animal noises’

‘Among other things he said “I’m’a eat you. I’ll eat you, I don’t want to eat you but I will,”‘ one witness told Fox News.

Though they controlled him enough to force him to a nearby hospital, he attacked one of the nurses on the scene and another fight ensued.

His behavior is being blamed on the use of the synthetic drug called bath salts, which was also linked to previous violent outbursts throughout the country.

‘I’ve never had to encounter somebody who acted like this before, so there’s no telling what they may do when they are high on this drug,’ Mr Hancock said.

There have been a number of ‘cannibal’ incidents linked to bath salts in recent weeks.

Bath salts, a synthetic amphetamine cocktail known as ‘the new LSD’, was the believed drug of choice for Rudy Eugene, who he chewed off homeless man Ronald Poppo’s face in Miami in May.

While a man in Louisiana, Carl Jacquneaux, was arrested when he bit off a piece of his neighbour’s cheek, which a friend blamed on bath salts.

Bath Salts Behind 20-Year-Old Attacking Elderly Woman Near Los Angeles [REPORT]

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Bath salts are reportedly behind 20-year-old Robert William White’s attack on an elderly woman outside Los Angeles on Thursday, police said.

Bath salts are reportedly behind 20-year-old Robert William White’s attack on an elderly woman outside Los Angeles on Thursday, police said.

White, of Glendale, Calif., became the latest violent offender arrested while allegedly on bath salts when he was collared Thursday after bludgeoning an elderly woman in the head with a shovel and locking himself inside his apartment for about an hour, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Police had to use a rubber bullet and a Taser electroshock weapon to subdue White and strap him to a stair chair so he could be wheeled out of his home, the Times reported.

As White was escorted out of his apartment, the Times said he screamed, “God loves all you,” at onlookers near his apartment on Spazier Avenue.

Robert William White was taken to a nearby hospital. White has allegedly admitted that he had been taking bath salts mixed with soda before he went into the state of mind that led him to attack his neighbor, who the New York Daily News said was 77 years old. Her name has yet to be released by authorities.

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“He seemed completely out of sorts,” Northwest Glendale Police Lt. Bruce Fox told the Times.

Salbi Dgerdzyan, one of White’s neighbors, told the Times that White told his victim, “I hate you and I want to kill you today,” after she told him to stop swinging a shovel at birds. That was when he turned on her and hit her in the head with the shovel.

The victim was also taken to a nearby hospital, where the Times reported that she was treated for “non-life-threatening injuries.”

Before the attack, a neighbor allegedly heard Robert William White breaking glass and screaming profanities.

The attack was the latest in a recent string of attacks that have given their allegedly bath-salts-ridden perpetrators odd nicknames like “cannibal” or “zombie.”

Bath salts, a synthetic drug that is legal in many parts of the U.S. and about which little is known, are being linked to a rising number of violent incidents, causing nationwide concern over their proliferation.

Outrage over them reached a fever pitch in May, when Rudy Eugene allegedly took bath salts and got naked before attacking a homeless man, Donald Poppo, by eating pieces of his face in broad daylight on a Miami street.

The attack was caught on video, and Eugene was killed by police who were trying to break up the fight. Shortly thereafter, the case became international news as accounts of the “Miami zombie” fanned fears of a “zombie apocalypse.”

The Miami city government has since banned bath salts in response to the horrific attack. However, there is no evidence Eugene ingested bath salts around the time it was carried out.

Reportedly, there have been several other recent violent incidents involving folks using bath salts, sparking an international conversation about its dangers.

Investigation continues after woman high on bath salts dies following tasing

By LEXIE O’CONNOR

MUNNSVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV)– A Madison County woman is dead after being tasered by police Tuesday night, and information at the scene has led investigators to believe she was high on bath salts when she began beating her child.New York State Police say initial autopsy reports reveal that 35 year old Pamela McCarthy of Munnsville showed evidence of suffering from a heart attack two to three days prior to Wednesday’s autopsy. However, officials say there are no indications that the heart attack occurred during Tuesday night’s incident when police say they were forced to use a taser on her.

Authorities responded to McCarthy’s home on North Main Street in Munnsville on Tuesday night around 7:45 pm after receiving numerous reports from neighbors saying that the 35 year-old exited her apartment without any clothes on, holding her three year old child, then fell, falling on top of the child. The father of the child was able to remove the toddler from the area, and brought him to a grocery store across the street from the scene, authorities said. It was after this that authorities say McCarthy attempted to strangle one of her dogs.

When McCarthy physically resisted arrest and attempted to bite an officer, the officer then used pepper spray and needed assistance from another officer. When that had no effect, authorities say a taser was deployed on her. Shortly after that, State Police say McCarthy went into cardiac arrest and was transported to the Oneida Health Care Facility where she later died.

A day later, neighbors were still left wondering what caused McCarthy to act what they say was “out of the ordinary” for her.

“I mean, the strength that she had…she just wasn’t giving at all to the cops. It took two of them,” says Missy Love, who witnessed the incident.

While Love says she didn’t see McCarthy beat the child, police say other reports came in reporting her punching and choking the three year old and beginning to assault two neighbors. Authorities say McCarthy does have a history of using bath salts and has been arrested for endangering the welfare of a child previously.

The three year-old was transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse for minor injuries and has since been released to family members.

State Police say McCarthy may have had a medical procedure last week involving her heart. However, they are continuing to investigate that and await toxicology reports.

Madison County District Attorney’s Office plans to present the case to a grand jury after the investigation is complete.

In this Jan. 26, 2011, photo containers of bath salts, a synthetic cocaine, sit on a counter at Hemp's Above in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Synthetic substances that mimic marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs are making users across the nation seriously ill, causing seizures and hallucinations so intense that thousands of them seek help at emergency rooms. At the request of The Associated Press, the American Association of Poison Control Centers analyzed nationwide figures on calls related to synthetic drugs. The findings showed an alarming increase in the number of people seeking medical attention.  (AP Photo/The Patriot-News, Chris Knight) MANDATORY CREDIT Photo: Chris Knight, ASSOCIATED PRESS / AP2011

In this Jan. 26, 2011, photo containers of bath salts, a synthetic cocaine, sit on a counter at Hemp’s Above in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Synthetic substances that mimic marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs are making users across the nation seriously ill, causing seizures and hallucinations so intense that thousands of them seek help at emergency rooms. At the request of The Associated Press, the American Association of Poison Control Centers analyzed nationwide figures on calls related to synthetic drugs. The findings showed an alarming increase in the number of people seeking medical attention. (AP Photo/The Patriot-News, Chris Knight) MANDATORY CREDIT

UTICA (AP) — A synthetic drug known as “bath salts” is blamed for some bizarre behavior in central New York, including a woman’s alleged attempt to bite the face of a police officer.

Police in Utica were called to a city bar Saturday night to check out a woman described as emotionally disturbed. When an officer approached her, she lunged at him and tried to bite his face. Police say she screamed that she wanted to “kill someone and eat them.”

The woman was taken to a hospital for mental health evaluation.

Later, police were called to a home where a 20-year-old man was reported to have threatened to kill his mother and other family. Police found the man, Aubrey Vails, had ripped a door off its hinges and was punching a car in the driveway. He was charged with criminal mischief.

The mystery deepens over what led an attacker to chew off most of another man’s face as toxicology results are revealed.

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Miami cannibal attack: Rudy Eugene and victim Ronald PoppoPolice at the scene of the attack by Eugene, top left, on Ronald Poppo, 65
Ronald Poppo with medical staff after initial surgery. Source: Jackson Health SystemRonald Poppo survived the grisly attack

Marijuana was the only drug found in the body of a face-chewing attacker shot dead as he ate his homeless victim’s flesh.

Active chemicals from the drug were detected in Rudy Eugene’s system, but there was no sign of illegal or prescription drugs, or alcohol.

The 31-year-old’s girlfriend had previously said he must have been drugged without his knowledge before the attack on 65-year-old Ronald Poppo in Florida.

The results were released weeks after a Miami police union official speculated that Eugene’s bizarre behavior may have meant he was under the influence of “bath salts”, a synthetic stimulant which can cause aggression and hallucinations.

Another woman identifying herself as his girlfriend had suggested he might have been under the influence of a voodoo curse.

It remains unclear what led Eugene – said to be a religious man who read the Bible and the Koran – to take off all his clothes and carry out the grisly assault on Mr Poppo, who was also stripped naked and beaten.

The police officer who shot Eugene dead said he growled when he told him to stop before continuing to eat his victim.

Pictures released of Mr Poppo in hospital in the days after the attack showed the appalling extent of his injuries, with much of the skin on his face stripped away and his nose missing.

The Truth Behind the Bath Salt “Epidemic”

If you believe the lurid headlines, addicts across America are ingesting bath salts and transforming into crazed cannibals. This trend, like many, actually hit first in England, where a bath salt ban only increased the problem.

 

By Tony O’Neill

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Drug scares, like the seasons, are cyclical. Here in the US, we had media firestorms over crack in the 80’s, meth in the 90’s, and prescription painkillers in the 00’s. Right on schedule, the latest demon drug that is supposedly tearing our society apart has entered stage left: bath salts.

Bath salts really just means a drug that is a combination of two stimulants—MDPV and mephedrone. Sold online and via headshops as a cheap, legal alternative to cocaine and ecstasy, mephedrone was first synthesized in 1929 while MDPV came along in 1969. Both were rediscovered in 2003 and they were perfect drugs for the Internet age—an ideal alternative to pricy illegal drugs that could be obtained legally with nothing more than a credit card and the click of a mouse.

The exact pharmacology of bath salts can vary, as compounds are constantly tweaked by chemists to stay one step ahead of the law. “Most of these substances seem to be cathinone derivatives, and as such are central nervous system stimulants that act through interruptions of dopamine, norepinephrine and—to a more limited extent—serotonin function,” explains Dr. Adi Jaffe, an addiction specialist at UCLA. While noting that actual research on these substances is in its early stages and reports are limited, Jaffe says that “at low to moderate doses the most common effects for MDPV can be thought of as meth-like: stimulation, euphoria and alertness. Mephedrone seems to act more like MDMA than meth.”

While the chemistry may change, one thing that has remained consistent is the ballooning popularity of this sector of the drug market.

“The government might claim that the ban was successful because mephedrone use and deaths have fallen but for me the question to ask is: what are users taking instead?”

After the explosion in use, the next phase of the drug scare comes in the form of demonization, and the authorities have certainly wasted no time in making some pretty wild allegations about the supposed effects of bath salts; recently we’ve heard that these drugs can causes cannibalism, a la the infamous Miami face-eater, pedophilia and even cross-dressing goat abuse.

The third part of any good drug scare happens when the press, despite a total lack of causal evidence, parrots these outlandish accusations. In the Miami cannibal case, the link between bath salts originated from a statement made by someone with no direct involvement with the case—the president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, Armando Aguilar—despite the fact that an autopsy and toxicology had yet to be performed on attacker Rudy Eugene.

In the case of Shane Shuyler, the Miami man accused of exposing himself to children while “allegedly” under the influence of bath salts, the evidence was no less hazy. The police said they found something that “appeared” to be bath salts in his wallet (i.e. an unidentified white powder). And then there was this strange quote from a detective giving evidence against Shuyler: “Upon talking to him, he made some statements to me which led me to believe that he was cooling off in a fountain by the tot-lot, because he was hot, which was consistent with ingesting bath salts.” The logic being that since bath salts cause users body temperatures to rise, then cooling off by a water fountain is evidence of bath salts use. Never mind the fact that the incident took place in June, in Miami, where the average temperature is 88.1 degrees.

After the hype comes the crackdown, which means that high-profile cases like these have created a push from both the media and law enforcement for a federal ban on the sale of bath salts.

Florida Republican Rep. Sandy Adams is one of the politicians who helped push the Combating Dangerous Synthetic Stimulants Act of 2011 through the House last December. The bill would federally ban MDPV and mephedrone, the two chemicals found in bath salts, as well as outlawing dozens of other chemicals found in synthetic drugs. The reasoning? “Looking at the Miami incident, we’ve seen people do some very bizarre acts on bath salts,” Adams told the U.S. News and World Report. If he gets his way, bath salts would be categorized alongside heroin and LSD.

So can bath salts really cause ordinary normal people to cannibalize strangers, expose themselves to children, or murder goats? And if they can, why on earth would anybody take them? A drug that has been described variously as “super powered LSD” and “PCP on crack” seems like a confusing proposition. So which is it?

“The reason for the contrasting descriptions is most likely the small but very significant difference in the specific chemicals involved,” says Dr. Jaffe. “Meth and ecstasy are very close chemical cousins but obviously cause very different effects for the user; the same is true here.”

To better get a handle of what is happening here in the US, I looked toward the United Kingdom, which has recently been through a similar cycle of shock horror media coverage of the “bath salt epidemic,” followed by a rush to ban. Bath salts were known under various aliases in the UK, including M-Kat, Meow-Meow and Bubbles, so for the sake of clarity, I’m going to use their chemical name of the most common compound: mephedrone.

“The issues in the US and UK are very similar, except that, as in many things, the US hype is even more over the top than that in the UK,” says Danny Kushlick, founder of the Transform Drug Policy Foundation, a charitable think tank that attempts to draw public attention to the fact that drug prohibition is the major cause of drug-related harm. “I mean, we never got so far as cannibalism.”

Yet at its height, the mephedrone scare in the UK was still pretty lurid; according to some of the coverage, it was lin

 

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