Slide 7/9 – Evan Peters as Marshall Applewhite and more:
In FX’s 2017 series American Horror Story: Cult, Evan Peters got to play four famous cult leaders, in addition to the show’s main character and group leader Kai. Peters played Koresh, who Kai viewed as a spiritual mentor, as well as Manson, Jim Jones and Marshall Applewhite.
As Jones (pictured above), Peters disguised himself to portray an American religious leader of the Peoples Temple cult, who initiated a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. Nearly three decades after the group’s creation, reports that human rights abuses were taking place in the Peoples Temple in Jonestown in 1978 led US Congressman Leo Ryan to launch an investigation into the cult; he and others were shot and killed whole boarding a flight with ex-members of the group.
Highlights of Today in History: President George W. Bush warns terrorists still threaten United States;bomb rocks an abortion clinic in Birmingham;”The Raven” is first published; Ty Cobb named hall of famer;Oprah Winfrey is born AP
MURPHY – On the morning of Jan. 29, 1998, a bomb exploded just outside the New Woman, All Women Health Care Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama.
In what is believed to have been the country’s first fatal bombing of an abortion clinic, the explosion killed Robert D. Sanderson, 35, an off-duty police officer who was working part-time as a guard, and seriously injured nurse Emily Lyons, 41. She was blinded in one eye by the flying nails among numerous other injuries.
Producer Ryan Murphy’s award-winning FX series, American Crime Story, is onto another high-profile ’90s crime for Season 2, premiering January 17 on FX.
As the name suggests, The Assassination of Gianni Versace tells the true story of renowned Italian designer Versace (played by Édgar Ramírez), murdered in front of his Miami Beach estate on July 15, 1997. Following his death, his sister, Donatella Versace (Penélope Cruz) took over his fashion empire.
But the title is misleading. The real focus of the show is 27-year-old serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who shot Versace in broad daylight. Cunanan will be played by Darren Criss, best known for playing a lighthearted high school student on Murphy’s Glee. Like Cunanan, Criss is part Filipino, but any similarities—other than boyish good looks—end there.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — As the only known person to survive an attack by notorious serial killer Angel Resendiz, it seemed natural for Holly K. Dunn to title her book about it 20 years later “Sole Survivor.”
However, the Evansville woman wants others to know they don’t have to feel like sole survivors. They are not alone on their healing journeys, whether it is sexual assault or any traumatic life experience.
“I think anyone who survives sexual assault, you have a feeling of loneliness,” she said.
In the aftermath of her August 1997 assault, Dunn said she felt a sense of aloneness at having been assaulted by someone she had never met.
“Stranger sexual assault is the smallest percentage of sexual assaults. Usually, it is date or acquaintance rape that occurs,”
As a college student, Holly K. Dunn survived a savage attack by a rail-riding serial killer who left her for dead after her boyfriend was beaten to death. Twenty years later, Dunn is a wife, mother and author of a book retelling her tragedy in hopes of inspiring resilience in others.
Dunn’s life changed forever in August 1997 when Dunn and Chris Maier were attacked by Angel Maturino Resendiz — the notorious “Railroad Killer,” linked to at least 15 murders and executed in Texas in 2006. Dunn and Maier were students at the University of Kentucky and the two were on their way home from a party in Lexington, Kentucky.
Dunn overcame the attack to graduate from UK in 2000, but instead of joining her family’s hotel business, she became an advocate for victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes.