TV Discussion

American Horror Story: its inspirations and legacy

Emma Platt talks the inspirations behind and the legacy of American Horror Story...

Real Life Mysteries

Elizabeth Short appeared in season one, played by Mena Suvari. Short is better known as The Black Dahlia, one of the most famous and brutal unsolved murders of the twentieth century. Short’s heavily mutilated body was found in Los Angeles in December 1947 and her killer was never found, but ‘Murder House’ placed the blame for her death on Dr. David Curran and her mutilation on the ghost of Charles Montgomery.

‘Asylum’ featured interracial couple Alma and Kit Walker who are apparently abducted by aliens. This has echoes of Barney and Betty Hill, a New Hampshire couple who claimed to have been abducted by aliens in 1961. The couple claimed to have little memory of the encounter and underwent hypnosis in 1964 to try and remember the events. Skeptics claim the encounter was simply an hallucination.

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