‘American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare’ Hints At Historical Mystery [Spoilers]

Spoiler Alert: Don’t read if you haven’t watched the American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare season premiere

American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare, the sixth chapter in the American Horror Story series created by Ryan Murphy, leans on a mystery from the time of Colonial America. History buffs will realize that part of the mystery and horror of the sixth installation of AHS is the tale of the lost colony of Roanoke Island.

The most frightening aspect of the American Horror Story series is the realistic aspects that remain with the viewer, says the Inquisitr. Universal Studios has taken several of the elements from AHS and added them to the Halloween Horror Nights event to scare visitors. From the basement in the Murder House to Twisty the Clown from Freak Show, many haunting images from the series are included in the Halloween event at Universal Studios in California.

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Fans of the American Horror Story series realize that it pays to be well-read and know your history in order to get the most from each installment of the series, says The Wrap. Having a knowledge of the Salem Witch Trials was helpful when watching AHS: Coven, and knowing the story of the Jamestown and Roanoke Colonies gives viewers a better understanding of AHS: My Roanoke Nightmare.

In the late 16th century, English nobleman and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh chose John White to lead 115 people to create a colony on Roanoke Island (off the coast of what is now Dare County, North Carolina). John White officially established the Roanoke Colony in 1587, and then returned to England for supplies.


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John White didn’t return to the colony until 1590, and when he did, everyone was gone, including White’s entire family. One clue was left behind, and that was the word “Croatoan” carved in a post. Croatoan was the name of a local tribe.

Not only were the people gone, but the houses and buildings were leveled, and there was no sign of them, according to Rolling Stone. The mystery of Roanoke Island is perhaps the greatest mystery of American history, as there was no sign of an entire community that was once in the seaside town, only a fence that surrounded where the colony used to be.

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Four hundred years later, American Horror Story is reigniting the historical mystery as Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Sarah Paulson have gotten a “great deal” on a piece of property and an old farm house in Roanoke, and are welcoming AHS enthusiasts to their Roanoke Nightmare. But what theory of the Roanoke Colony will AHS creator Ryan Murphy choose to exploit?

Whatever happened there, there are certainly more than enough tortured souls for Murphy to exploit. One of the least grisly theories is the settlers of Roanoke, running low on supplies, wandered out and were taken in by various other local colonies, or even perhaps tribes.

But then there is the gruesome idea that gives credit to the “Croatoan” idea. The Croatoan tribe did not appreciate the English on their land, and perhaps slaughtered everyone, and disposed of their bodies. Another idea that indicates murder is the thought that Spanish settlers from the Florida colony came up from the south and killed all of the English colonists.

Whichever theory you favor, something went down in the Roanoke Colony, and the land is fertile for some serious ghost stories.

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Leave it to American Horror Story and Ryan Murphy to get colony struggles trending on Twitter.

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