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Seven true stories that inspired American Horror Story

American Horror Story Season 10 – American Horror Story will return with its tenth season when the pandemic that has stopped filming allows it and, in addition, it will have a spin-off of independent episodes. As the new material arrives, we look back to review some true stories that have inspired the series, as happened last season with the character of the Night Stalker that we already told you about.

Here are 7 stories which inspires American Horror Story

  • The massacre of the nurses

The show’s first season, Murder House, brings together many references to true events, from the Tate Langdon massacre inspired by the Columbine High School massacre to the death of Elizabeth Short, known as the Black Dahlia. But we are going to focus on two other supporting characters, the ghost nurses whose plot is inspired by the Richard Speck massacre in a Chicago hospital in 1966. This case, which also appears in Mindhunter, began as a simple burglary that led to in murder of eight nurses. The ninth victim managed to get out alive and thanks to her he ended up catching Richard. One of the details that forged his myth was a tattoo that read “Born to unleash hell.”

  • The nazi doctor

Asylum’s creepy Dr Arden is inspired by Josef Mengele, known as the Angel of Death, a doctor who worked in Nazi concentration camps, operating and experimenting on humans, and is said to have been obsessed with physical abnormalities, as well as with trying to keep amputated body parts alive. The season takes more things from real life such as the Briarcliff asylum itself which is linked to Willowbrook State School and, of course, Anne Frank, who appears with her very changed story.

  • The voodoo queen

Many people know that Delphine LaLaurie, Kathy Bates’ character in Coven, is based on a murderer who lived in New Orleans, but she is not as well known as Angela Bassett’s character, Marie Laveau, as well. She lived in the same city between 1820 and 1860 and, as in the series, was a hairdresser in the French Quarter. But in addition to that, Laveau mixed voodoo with Catholic elements and earned money as a healer. His legend remains, since even today people visit his grave and draw three Xs, hoping that Marie will grant them three wishes.

  • The Lost Colony

The history of Roanoke started with a mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, which goes back to 1587. At that location and that year, a group of 116 English settlers disappeared completely without leaving a trace. No one knew where they went, nor did they leave their homes or belongings behind, they simply vanished and only the word “Croatoan” was found carved into a tree. Croatoan refers to some natives who lived in the area and, of course, one of the theories is that they were the ones who annihilated the newcomers.

The hotel has many plots and characters based on reality, such as the hotel Cortez itself (similar to Hotel Cecil), the serial killer James March or the already mentioned Night Stalker. However, we will focus on Aileen Wuornos, the character that was given to Lily Rabe this season. Also known as “The Monster” and “The Maiden of Death”, she acknowledged having killed seven men in separate incidents, all of them for rape.

  • The killer of men

The hotel has many plots and characters based on reality, such as the hotel Cortez itself (similar to Hotel Cecil), the serial killer James March or the already mentioned Night Stalker. However, we will focus on Aileen Wuornos, the character that was given to Lily Rabe this season. Also known as “The Monster” and “The Maiden of Death”, she acknowledged having killed seven men in separate incidents, all of them for raping her or having tried and was later executed by lethal injection. Her story was also made into a movie with the movie Monster in which Charlize Theron played her.

  • The monster of the two faces

One of the weirdos on the Freak Show was Edward Mordrake (who was played by Wes Bentley) and, surprisingly, he’s based on a real 19th-century character. But although his existence seems proven, everything concerning his two faces, one normal and the other on the back of his head that forced him to do evil things, is part of urban legend. Mordrake died at the age of 23, in theory committing suicide due to the suffering and insanity that his condition caused him.

  • The abducted couple

Another not-so-famous story is the one that inspires the young interracial couple in love from Asylum. Evan Peters and Britne Oldford play Kit and Alma Walker, a white man and a black woman who live their love affair with their backs to society … until she disappears, supposedly abducted by a flying saucer. The characters are based on Barney and Betty Hill, who claimed to have been abducted by aliens in 1961. Their story is also told in the novel The Interrupted Journey by John G. Fuller, which led to a TV-movie in the 1970s. and also appeared in the miniseries Taken.

 

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