New York City introduces us to a serial killer you may not have heard of – Rolling Stone

Warning: this story Contains spoilers for the first two episodes of american horror story: New York City.

American Horror Story: New York City Seems like the culmination of everything Ryan Murphy Made in the past: It looks like pointing to he met Dahmer We met the Rubber Man, the mysterious killer character we met for the first time AHS The first season.

During the first two episodes, which premiered Wednesday on FX and now airs on Hulu, we meet a group of characters trying to survive in 1981’s New York, specifically a mysterious disease that afflicts both Fire Island and LGBTQ deer alike. , And the serial killer (Murders?) Targeting gay men. True to Murphy’s custom, the series is also decorated with realistic trees – in this case, the Last Call Killer, which most people probably haven’t heard of.

The main idea of AHS: New York City – at least for now – it seems to have to do with how the police and mainstream media in the 1980s ignored and neglected the plight of the queer community, whether it was medical issues or violence. Fire Island’s deer population is suffering from a mysterious virus, which is killing them, and it also appears that humans in the LGBTQ community are getting sick. Meanwhile, a leather-clad Goliath known as “Big Daddy” appears to haunt cruising places, along with a more benign killer who’d rather target his victims in piano bars by sending them My Tais. Of course, these two killers could be the same thing. We haven’t seen any of the killer’s face and we’re only in the second episode.

Either way, The Last Call Killer’s MO appears to be in line with The Last Call Killer, which according to Elon Green The Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New YorkHe preyed on gay men in New York City in the ’80s and ’90s. Richard Rogers, a surgical nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, was finally arrested in May of 2001 for the murders of Thomas Mulcahy and Anthony Marrero. according to NewsdayMulcahy, a 58-year-old married computer sales manager, was found lumped in 1992 in seven bags on a New Jersey hangout. Marrero, 44, was found dismembered in six bags in New Jersey in 1993. Green and authorities suspect Rogers killed more men in the same manner, but he was only tried for the two murders; The 72-year-old is now serving consecutive life sentences at the New Jersey State Penitentiary in Trenton.

“I feel quite comfortable saying that the NYPD didn’t pay attention to her as much as she should have,” Green said in an interview with A&E. Although Green added that cops in other jurisdictions were more helpful, it’s pretty safe to say that Last Call Killer failed to gain fame for other serial killers of its day due to its choice of victim, something Murphy seems to be knocking home with this. season.

In the first episode, a pilot is found dismembered in a similar fashion to Rogers’ victims after visiting a sea spot. Frustrated at the indifference of the medical examiner during the autopsy, one of the main characters on the show, a closed policeman named Patrick Reed (Russell died) says, “If this was the head and body of a beautiful 16-year-old blonde girl from Riverdale you’d have 10 detectives here on the case.” “. (Unfortunately, that sentiment can be pronounced today.)

And then, when the killer kidnapped Red’s friend, Gino – he survived after the unseen man he was torturing with a syringe saw and released his military tattoo – the cops barely listened to his report. This prompts Gino to take over, writing about the serial killer Native New Yorkers, Where does he work. Here it seems that more real-life issues (and possibly another killer) come into play, like A native Gino’s kidnapping reflects the murder of film industry journalist Addison Ferrell by radiographer Paul Pattison, best known for writing in village sound in 1977 under the title “There is no such thing as me in murder.” The article focused, again, on how cops seem to ignore murders of gay men. Bateson also emerged, oddly enough, as a radiological technologist in 1973 Exorcist It later inspired William Friedkin’s 1980 thriller, cruisingabout a serial killer who preys on the leather scene in 1970s New York.

Murphy often weaves true serial killers and crimes into his shows; John List, a New Jersey father who murdered his family, recently appeared as “John Graff” (also played by Mantello) in Netflix series observerAnd the Based on True story For a family plagued by mysterious messages. Murders in the black Dhale’e appeared heavily in AHS: Murder Housewhile being visited by a barrage of serial killers, including Jeffrey Dahmer and HM Holmes AHS: Hotel. And of course Murphy directed the hugely popular movie – And controversial Dahmer is a Netflix series starring Evan Peters. New York has its share of serial killers who worked during this era as well, so perhaps later episodes will feature the likes son of sam or the stump killer. With Ryan Murphy, anything is possible.

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