The latest fan conjecture regarding American Horror Story: Cult connects the 7th season of Ryan Murphy’s seminal anthology on a string of real-life killings that may or may not be connected. This season, we’ve seen the Clown Cult lead by Kai (Evan Peters) mark their future victims with a crude emoji-style “Have a Nice Day” face [see below]. Could this be a reference to “the smiley face murder theory”?
The smiley faces have a dark, real-life history outside of the show. The “smiley face murder theory” is something that has been developed by two retired New York City detectives — Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte — after they noticed a pattern in some of the cases they worked. A number of young men were found in bodies of water but weren’t the victims of drowning. In each of the cases, graffiti of smiley faces were found near the locations where it was speculated that the killer or killers committed the crime, throughout Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and New York City. Those cops theorized that a group of serial killers were responsible for a cross-country killing spree.
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Is Murphy suggesting the Clown Cult are perpetrators of the happy face murders, or perhaps that they’re an affiliated chapter of a larger organization? It certainly makes for exceptionally creepy conjecture! Let us know what you guys think in The Comments section!
You can get a quick overview of The Smiley Face Murder Theory in the video below. Enjoy!
Below, check out a trailer for the next episode of American Horror Story: Cult (11/9) airing tonight on FX.