‘American Horror Story: NYC’ Introduces a Serial Killer You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Warning: This story contains spoilers for the first two episodes of American Horror Story: NYC. American Horror Story: NYC seems like the culmination of everything Ryan Murphy has done in the past: it’s like Pose and Dahmer meeting Rubber Man, the mysterious murderous character we first meet in season one. by AHS.

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[catlist id=100371 numberposts=5] During the first two episodes, premiered Wednesday on FX and now streaming on Hulu, we meet a cast of characters trying to survive in New York in 1981, most notably a mysterious disease that affects both Fire Island deer and people. LGBTQ. serial killers (murderers?) who target gay men. As per Murphy’s habit, the series also chronicles real-life horrors, in this case Last Call Killer, which most people have probably never heard of. The main idea of ​​AHS: New York seems to be about, at least so far, how the police and mainstream media in the 1980s ignored and overlooked the plight of the gay community, be it medical problems or violence. Fire Island’s deer population has been ravaged by a mysterious virus, which is wiping out them, and even people in the LGBTQ community seem to be getting sick. Meanwhile, a leather-clad masked goliath known as “Big Daddy” appears to be chasing the cruise spots, along with a milder killer who prefers to target his victims at piano bars by sending them spiked Mai Tais. Of course, these two killers could be the same thing. We haven’t seen the faces of either of the two killers and we’re only on episode two. Regardless, the MO of this latest killer appears to be consistent with that of the Last Call Killer who, according to Elon Green’s Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York, operated homosexuals in New York in the 1980s and 90s. Richard Rogers, a surgical nurse at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, was finally arrested in May 2001 for the murders of Thomas Mulcahy and Anthony Marrero. According to Newsday, Mulcahy was a 58-year-old married computer sales manager who was found dismembered in seven bags at a New Jersey rest area in 1992. Marrero, 44, was also found dismembered in six bags in New Jersey in 1993. Green and authorities suspect that Rogers murdered other men in the same way, but he was only charged with the two murders; the 72 year old now passes. “I’m pretty comfortable saying the NYPD didn’t pay as much attention to this as it should have,” Green said in an interview with A&E. Although Green added that cops from other jurisdictions are much more helpful, it’s pretty safe to say that Last Call Killer’s choice of victim failed to gain notoriety from other serial killers of his day. , which Murphy seems to be hammering this season. In the first episode, a pilot is found dismembered similar to Rogers’ victims after visiting a cruise location. Frustrated by the apathy of a coroner during the autopsy, one of the show’s main characters, a secret cop named Patrick Read (Russell Tovey) says, “If this were the head and body of a beautiful 16-year-old blonde from Riverdale, you’d have 10 detectives down here for the case. (Sadly, that sentiment could be voiced today.) And later, when Read’s journalist friend Gino is kidnapped by the killer – he survives after the invisible man torturing him with syringes sees his military tattoo and frees him – the cops barely listen his story. This prompts Gino to take matters into his own hands and write about the serial killer in The New York Native, where he works. More real issues (and possibly another killer) seem to come into play here, as The Native is a real newspaper that covered the AIDS crisis when the mainstream media ignored it, and Gino’s kidnapping of the murder of a film industry journalist echoes Addison Verrill of radiographer Paul Bateson, best known in the 1977 Village Voice for the headline “There’s Nothing Gay About Murder”. The article again focused on how police seemed to ignore gay killings. Bateson also oddly appeared as an X-ray technologist in 1973’s The Exorcist and later inspired director William Friedkin’s 1980 thriller. Murphy often incorporates serial killers and true crimes into his shows; John List, a New Jersey father who murdered his family, recently starred as “John Graff” (also played by Mantello) in the Netflix series The Watcher, based on the true story of a family created by being plagued by mysterious letters. The Black Dhalia murders feature prominently in AHS: Murder House, while a wave of serial killers, including Jeffrey Dahmer and H.H. Holmes, visited AHS: Hotel. And, of course, Murphy directed the hugely popular — and controversial — Netflix series Dahmer starring Evan Peters. New York has its share of serial killers who also operated during this era, so perhaps later episodes will feature Son of Sam or The Torso Killer. When you know Ryan Murphy, anything is possible.
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