Is 'American Horror Story: NYC' killer real? The terrifying TRUE story of the Last Call Killer

Is 'American Horror Story: NYC' killer real? The terrifying TRUE story of the Last Call Killer
‘American Horror Story: NYC’ recites the story of a serial killer who failed to gain the notoriety of other serial killers (They Will Kill/YouTube and Ryan Murphy/Instagram)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK CITY: Reviving from the misfiring of last season, the 'American Horror Story' is finally back, with the noteworthy sorcery of Ryan Murphy, who recently smashed the viewership records with his true crime, 'Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story'. 'American Horror Story' season 11, subtitled NYC sheds light on the plight of the queer community and introduces a mysterious murderous figure.

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Premiered Wednesday, October 19 on FX and now streaming on Hulu, the first two bloodless episodes of the true-crime drama portrays the struggle of a cast of characters trying to survive New York in 1981. The main plotline of the season appears to be portraying how the justice and mainstream media of that era ignored the violence suffered by the queer community. The season talks about a doctor (Billie Lourd) who discovers an abnormal virus that is infecting deer in Fire Island — and also notices some strange symptoms in her mostly queer patients.

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Meanwhile, the community is also threatened by a leather-clad masked goliath known as “Big Daddy” along with a serial killer who picks up his victims at piano bars by spiking their drinks. However, while the identity of the mild killer is yet to be disclosed, his killing pattern fits right with Last Call Killer, who, according to Elon Green’s 'Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York', preyed on gay men in New York City in the Eighties and Nineties. The Last Call Killer claimed the lives of several men but failed to garner the notoriety of other serial killers of his era.

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Who is the Last Call Killer?

Richard Rogers preyed on gay men in New York City during the 1980s and ’90s, dismembering them and leaving body parts in trash bags strewn alongside roads. Rogers’ victims were targeted as they left the bar after the last call and this killing pattern gave him the name of "Last Call Killer." Authorities claimed Rogers, a registered nurse from Fort Wadsworth who worked for 22 years at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, trolled the gay bars for his victims and dissected their bodies with surgical precision after brutally murdering them.

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Robert Rogers (They Will Kill/YouTube)
Robert Rogers (Screenshot/They Will Kill/YouTube)

He first came under the light when investigators interrogated him as a suspect in the spine-chilling murders of at least four men, who randomly disappeared from Manhattan between 1991 and 1994. The court documents allege that Rogers, who is a gay man himself stuffed the remains of his victims into bags and dumped them in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Rogers was not arrested until 2001 when the state forensic team recovered his fingerprints from the bags with his victims’ remains.

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In November 2005, an Ocean County, NJ, jury convicted Rogers in the slaying of Thomas Mulcahy, 57, a married father and computer equipment sales executive from Sudbury in July 1992 and the brutal murder of Anthony Marrero, 44, a reputed prostitute from Manhattan in May 1993. He is now serving two consecutive life sentences in New Jersey State Prison and has never spoken about the murders.

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Thomas Mulcahy and Anthony Marrero, Victims of Robert Rogers (TopNotchDocumenteries/ YouTube)
Thomas Mulcahy and Anthony Marrero, Victims of Robert Rogers (TopNotchDocumenteries/ YouTube screenshot)

During an interview with A&E, Mr Green talked about Rogers and said “I feel pretty comfortable saying the New York Police Department didn’t pay attention to it as much as they should have,” Speculations claiming that the Last Call Killer is the mild serial killer in ‘American Horror Story: NYC’ started taking rounds on the internet when in the first episode, a pilot is found dismembered in a similar fashion to Rogers’ victims after visiting a cruising spot.

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