A Brief History
Just as they have in the past, with a nod to Delphine LaLaurie of season 3 and the freaks featured in season 4, as well as season 5’s tribute to the Cecil Hotel, American Horror Story leans heavily on basing their current season (season 6) on the mystery of the Roanoke Colony and throwing in a real life pair of serial killers, Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood, who are depicted in the second episode of the season in their nurse outfits murdering an old woman and painting a letter “M” on the wall, just as the real killers did. (This dynamic duo of doom murdered at least 5 people who were patients in a nursing home in 1987.)
This year’s edition of the spooky television show deals with a married couple that move to Roanoke Island, the scene of the famous “Lost Colony’ that was found abandoned in 1590, with no trace of where the English settlers had gone. On this spooky, allegedly haunted ground, the new dwelling of is the base of a lot of evil, paranormal goings on told to the audience in a documentary style, featuring 2 sets of actors, the first set being the “real” couple, and the other being actors portraying the “real” couple.
The docu-drama approach is new to American Horror Story, but many previous actors are again found in this season’s cast, including Angela Basset, Kathy Bates, Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Denis O’Hare, Wes Bentley, Cheyenne Jackson, Evan Peters and Adina Porter. Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Andre Holland round out the main characters.
American Horror Story airs on FX on Wednesdays at 10 pm.
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Cauffiel, Lowell. Forever and Five Days (Zebra Books). Zebra, 1992.
For more on the Lost Colony of Roanoke, please see…
Charles River Editors. History’s Greatest Mysteries: The Lost Colony of Roanoke. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
Miller, Lee. Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony. Arcade Publishing, 2012.
Stemple, Heidi E. Y., Jane Yolen, et al. Roanoke: The Lost Colony–An Unsolved Mystery from History. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003.
- To illustrate the subject in question
- Where no free equivalent is available or could be created that would adequately give the same information
- The picture is irreplaceable, since the people were sentenced to super long prison terms and no editor can go to prison and take their picture and then upload here.
- The resolution is not high.
- The image, as mugshots, is used to illustrate the criminals for educational purposes.