From L to R, starting on top row: Sara Aldrete, Juana Barraza, Elizabeth Báthory, Marie Alexandra Becker, Marie Besnard, Elfriede Blauensteiner, Mary Ann Cotton, Nanny Doss, Amelia Dyer, Kristin Gilbert, Delfina and Maria de Jesus Gonzalez, Dana Sue Gray, Belle Gunness, Anna Hahn, Myra Hindley, Karla Homolka, (unconfirmed name), Delphine LaLaurie, Delphine LaLaurie, Enriqueta Marta, Dagmar Overbye, Dorothea Puente, Raya and Sakina, Darya Saltykova, Jane Toppan, Rosemary West, and Aileen Wuornos.
LaLaurie was a sadistic socialite who lived in New Orleans. Her home was
a chamber of horrors. On April 10, 1834, a fire broke out in the
mansion’s kitchen, and firefighters found two slaves chained to the
stove. They appeared to have started the fire themselves, in order to
attract attention. The firefighters were lead by other slaves to the
attic, where the real surprise was. Over a dozen disfigured and maimed
slaves were manacled to the walls or floors. Several had been the
subjects of gruesome medical experiments. One man appeared to be part of
some bizarre sex change, a woman was trapped in a small cage with her
limbs broken and reset to look like a crab, and another woman with arms
and legs removed, and patches of her flesh sliced off in a circular
motion to resemble a caterpillar. Some had had their mouths sewn shut,
and had subsequently starved to death, whilst others had their hands
sewn to different parts of their bodies. Most were found dead, but some
were alive and begging to be killed, to release them from the pain.
LaLaurie fled before she could be bought to justice – she was never
My favorite thing about American Horror Story is that there’s no predetermined villains or heroes. Everyone is kind of a villain and a hero. And really it’s up to the viewer how they choose to perceive the characters.
Except for Tate, Bloody Face, and Delphine. They were fucking evil batshit crazy motherfuckers (no pun intended).
I was just listening to a story about the Lalaurie mansion, and I thought “I can’t even imagine the point where someone could do that”, and I…. I hope I never, ever understand. I hope that I can have compassion and mercy still for people as awful as that, because I believe that God’s grace and justice is for everyone equally, but I hope I am never at a point where I could actually maybe possibly bring myself to sew someone’s mouth together or drill a hole in their skull. That’s just horrific.