While many of American Horror Story's creepy seasons were based on even creepier real life people, none of these even come close in comparison to the disturbing character of Madame Delphine LaLaurie, played by Kathy Bates in AHS's Coven. During the 1800s, Madame Delphine LaLaurie lived as a socialite in New Orleans and, while she may have seemed like a lovely, kind upstanding member of society towards others, the way she treated her slaves was another story completely. In her house lay her secret "Chamber of Horrors," where she would repeatedly beat, torture and ultimately murder many of her slaves. When a fire broke out at her house in 1834, bystanders went into the house to make sure everyone was free from the flames. What they found was far more than they had bargained for. Right before their eyes, a gruesome act of murder lay out in front of them. Seven slaves were found mutilated, emaciated, whipped, were bound from their extremities and even wore spiked collars. It is rumored that as many as 100 slaves died by LaLaurie's brutal torture. The LaLaurie mansion is still standing today in New Orleans and is said to be haunted.
Another one of Coven's gruesome murders was known as The Axeman, for obvious reasons. Played by Danny Huston in Coven, the real identity of The Axeman has gone unsolved all of these years. This brutal serial killer went on a spree in New Orleans between May of 1918 and October 1919. The Axeman would sneak into the victims' home through the back door and murder them with an axe that, almost always, belonged to the victim. The Axeman brutally killed at least six or seven people and suddenly, one day, the murders just stopped. However, on March 13, 1919 newspapers published a letter supposedly written by The Axeman. The letter stated that a murder would take place 15 minutes past midnight on the night of March 19th, but any house playing jazz music would be spared. People filled dance halls and jazz music could be heard in hundreds of houses; no murder took place that night.
Elizabeth Short, who would soon become known as The Black Dahlia, was played by Mena Suvari in American Horror Story's Murder House. Elizabeth Short was a young actress looking for fame, but unfortunately for her, fame only found her when she was brutally murdered. The killer chopped her body in half and permanently carved a crooked "smile" onto Short's face. As gruesome as this murder was, the killer was never found.
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