'American Horror Story' Left Out a Really Gross Detail From Richard Ramirez's Real Life Capture
[This post contains spoilers for the 100th episode of American Horror Story.]
The 100th episode of American Horror Story kicked off with the Night Stalker, Richard Ramirez, finally getting captured by the police. Although the series is known for being totally shocking, they didn’t actually veer too far from the way the arrest actually went down because it was honestly ridiculous enough. Ramirez actually was chased by an angry mob and bashed with a pipe, but IMO, AHS actually left out the craziest part of the arrest.
Obviously, AHS had to make a few minor changes to the real story to keep it consistent with the season’s plot. For example, Mr. Jingles clearly did not drive the Night Stalker to a liquor store…because Mr. Jingles is not a real person. IRL, Ramirez actually walked into one after traveling by bus from Tucson to Los Angeles. He was trying to visit his brother in Arizona, but came back to L.A. when they failed to meet up. At the time, police were actually searching for Ramirez, and were completely thrown off by the fact that he was moving from Tucson to L.A. (They assumed he would be fleeing L.A.)
It’s also true that a woman recognized Ramirez and yelled, “El maton!,” meaning, “the killer!” Right away, he sprinted across a road with heavy traffic. Next, he threatened a woman and tried to steal her car keys, and her husband beat Ramirez with a pipe. That’s when the mob formed (they didn’t really chase him from the liquor store…but it does make for better television).
Richard: getting jumped by the whole neighborhood…
In the end, the police arrested him for a disturbance, but didn’t know who he was right away. Ramirez basically just told them who he was, and THIS is where it gets really gross. The man literally PROJECTILE VOMITED across the parking lot of the station. Like, one person described it as “green, like ‘The Exorcist.'”
The queasiest viewers are probably pretty glad that AHS skipped this detail, but in a season that’s been otherwise gory and gross…it’s kinda shocking, no? Like Ryan Murphy literally based a scene off of a moment in time that is comparable to a literal horror movie, and was like, “nah, I’m good.”
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