It may be one of the most popular show on television, but the truth is that the criminal mind of the creator, Ryan Murphy, would not be enough to cover the stories that shocked the viewers all around the world. Some of the sickest stories presented during the five seasons of AHS were actually inspired by true facts, and the characters whose cruelty no one could ever imagine being true were real and have shocked the world in the past. Here are the real monsters behind the fiction of American Horror Story.

In the list below you will come across some of the most beloved people of the show and you will connect their stories to real people that history has declared mad, monstrous, and evil. Really, really evil. Take Madame LaLaurie for example.

Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie (American Horror Story: Coven)

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One of the main characters in the third season of American Horror Story was Madame Delphine LaLaurie, portrayed by the one and only Kathy Bates. Madame LaLaurie’s only joy was torturing slaves, draining their blood and using their blood as a face lotion because that’s what she believed what would keep her young and alive.

In real life, things were not that different. On April 10, 1834, a fire broke out in the LaLaurie mansion revealing the outrageous secret in the attic where servants were captured and tortured while many of them had already died in pain. Marie Delphine LaLaurie is always included in lists with the most infamous serial killers in history because her brutality against her slaves is what ranks her as one of the evilest people ever existed.

When authorities opened her hidden attic, they came across human organs, dead bodies, alive slaves in cages and in chains, while slaves with their eyes, ears, and hands unattached were begging for help. Others had their mouths sewn while being full of animal dirt, their bones broken, and their skin peeled off.

The reason why Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie became this monster lies behind the fact that her favorite uncle had been killed by slaves in 1771 while her third husband, Louis LaLaurie, never gave her the love she wanted, turning her into a violent mother and a disgusting human being. Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie was never found and her mansion in New Orleans is still said to be haunted.

Richard Speck (American Horror Story: Murder House)

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There are many fans of the series claiming that the first season of American Horror Story is the best of them all and one of its story lines still is considered to be one of the most exciting so far. Yes, this story-line is based on true events too: The nurses killed in the Murder House.

On July 16, 1966, Richard Speck broke into a house in Chicago where nurse students used to live. After hours of raping, torturing, beating and brutalizing, Speck killed eight of them with his favorite knife but he failed to notice that the student that had opened the door for him was hidden. Corazon Amurao called the police and Speck’s arrest came three days later when he tried to commit suicide but changed his mind and drove himself to the hospital. His distinctive “Born To Raise Hell” tattoo gave him away and he got arrested after a surgery that repaired his severed artery.

Richard Speck was sentenced to death, but his death sentence was commuted to 50 to 100 years in prison. On December 5, 1991, he died of a heart attack, and six years after his death, a journalist released a prison video of him using drugs while wearing women’s underwear. We’ll never get to know his mind.

The Axeman of New Orleans (American Horror Story: Coven)

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The Axeman of New Orleans was a character that the fans didn’t really like at first, but after his story became popular, they all got the importance of having a historical figure in a show. Because the Axeman of New Orleans was a real, very real person. 

We may never know his identity, but the facts indicate that there was a man between the years 1918 and 1919 killing women with their own axes and, when their husbands tried to get in his way, he would kill them as well. In American Horror Story, the Axeman used to let people who listened to jazz music go away, and we have to tell you that this is a true story as well since he had written a letter in which he stated that he would spare the lives of those who played jazz music in their homes:

Esteemed Mortal:

They have never caught me and they never will. They have never seen me, for I am invisible, even as the ether that surrounds your earth. I am not a human being, but a spirit and a demon from the hottest hell. I am what you Orleanians and your foolish police call the Axeman.

When I see fit, I shall come and claim other victims. I alone know whom they shall be. I shall leave no clue except my bloody axe, besmeared with blood and brains of he whom I have sent below to keep me company.

If you wish you may tell the police to be careful not to rile me. Of course, I am a reasonable spirit. I take no offense at the way they have conducted their investigations in the past. In fact, they have been so utterly stupid as to not only amuse me, but His Satanic Majesty, Francis Josef, etc. But tell them to beware. Let them not try to discover what I am, for it were better that they were never born than to incur the wrath of the Axeman. I don‘t think there is any need of such a warning, for I feel sure the police will always dodge me, as they have in the past. They are wise and know how to keep away from all harm.

Undoubtedly, you Orleanians think of me as a most horrible murderer, which I am, but I could be much worse if I wanted to. If I wished, I could pay a visit to your city every night. At will I could slay thousands of your best citizens, for I am in close relationship with the Angel of Death.

Now, to be exact, at 12:15 (earthly time) on next Tuesday night, I am going to pass over New Orleans. In my infinite mercy, I am going to make a little proposition to you people. Here it is:

I am very fond of jazz music, and I swear by all the devils in the nether regions that every person shall be spared in whose home a jazz band is in full swing at the time I have just mentioned. If everyone has a jazz band going, well, then, so much the better for you people. One thing is certain and that is that some of your people who do not jazz it on Tuesday night (if there be any) will get the axe.

Well, as I am cold and crave the warmth of my native Tartarus, and it is about time I leave your earthly home, I will cease my discourse. Hoping that thou wilt publish this, that it may go well with thee, I have been, am and will be the worst spirit that ever existed either in fact or realm of fancy.

The Axeman

The murders stopped just like they had started: Suddenly. The Axeman was never caught.

Twisty the Clown (American Horror Story: Freakshow)

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Clowns were always considered to be some kinds of monsters of the occult, and the­ entertainment industry has played its part portraying them like the evil murderers who want to take children’s souls. Twisty of the American Horror Story was a clown that wanted to be the best entertainer of children while he was trying to protect them (in his own way) from his parents. You think this is creepy? What would you think if we told you that this evil clown was real?

On March 17, 1942, John Wayne Gacy was born to become one of the most infamous serial killers in the U.S. and in 1980, he was found guilty of killing 33 boys. His abusive childhood turned him into a criminal mind that got convicted for sexual assault in 1968. However, after his 10-year-conviction, authorities found out that Gacy had killed 33 male children dressed up as his alter ego, Pogo the Clown.

John Wayne Gacy was executed by lethal injection in 1994.

Aileen Wuornos (American Horror Story: Hotel)

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Even though the episode of American Horror Story: Hotel, has not been aired yet, we know that Lily Rabe, the star of the show that has starred in every single season, is going to portray Aileen Wuornos, the woman that Charlize Theron incarnated for the movie “Monster” in 2003.

Aileen Wuornos was born on February 29, 1956, and she was thrown out of her house as a teen after being sexually abused by her grandfather. Having no other choice, she started working as a prostitute, but it was not until 1989 when she killed a client of hers. Police authorities tracked her down and she was arrested in Florida where she was executed in 2002 after found guilty of killing six men.