The show since its inception in 2011 has been mired in a lot of controversies- ranging from murder, sex, gore, rape and witchcraft too, as Murphy tested the limits of FX censorship, with fans just gobbling up everything that was offered to them. And yet the origins for these tales are eerily true- each one of them has a kernel of truth.
In Season 3, the Axeman was inspired from the unsolved brutal murders of a total of 8 teenage girls in New Orleans in the 1960s. And this even extends to the dual faced Drake Mordake and Madam Marie Delphine De Laurie who would perform inhumane torture methods on her slaves.
Following is a list of inspirations for the show, and whilst here, you got to keep in mind that there would be a boatload of spoilers to come:
10. Bette & Dot Tattler – Freakshow
The characters Bette and Dot Tattler were inspired from Daisy and Violet Hilton. Their bodies joined together at the hip, unlike the former duo, which had only two separate heads. Daisy and Violet were music aficionados, and they were quite successful with their vaudeville shows, as they shared the stage with Charlie Chaplin. Although they fell from grace, as they lost their fortune much later and started working in a grocery store.
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9. Aileen Wuornos – Hotel
The character Aileen Wuornos was based on a similar named serial killer, with seven murder counts, as she worked as a prostitute during 1989-1990. She was subsequently executed by lethal injection in 2002, which precedes the film’s release.