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Source: FX

Don’t Be Scared, but Yes, ‘American Horror Story’ Plot Lines Are Based on Real-Life Stories

By Gabrielle Bernardini

After eight seasons, American Horror Story has captivated audiences with its storylines, characters, and everything in between. However, what most fans of the series may not know is that a lot of the major plot points and roles that the actors are portraying are based on true stories.

Season 1: American Horror Story: Murder House

Starting with Season 1, audiences were introduced to the AHS: Murder House, and some may remember a few nurses who were killed in said house. Creator and writer Ryan Murphy has stated that while the nurses in the show weren't based on specific people, their murders were. In 1966, Richard Speck killed, raped and massacred eight nurses in a Chicago dorm. 

He also added, "The masks I believe were modeled after Mayan death masks that we found." And that is just the beginning when it comes to the creator grabbing storylines right from history book pages.