American Horror Story is back with a vengeance with its new season titled Roanoke. But, the past five seasons have been filled with quite terrifying stories. These are the people AHS characters are really based on.
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.