Of all the true crime-inspired characters on “American Horror Story,” Richard Ramirez (Zach Villa) rubbed many fans the wrong way. The charismatic “1984” version of the convicted serial killer, rapist, and burglar was less gritty than the one that briefly appeared in “Hotel.”
The top comments under the Reddit thread pointed out how attractive the Night Stalker looked, with u/heretickitty666 writing the actor “had no business looking that fine” given how brutal his real-life counterpart was. Another user responded by pointing out that Ramirez had notoriously bad teeth while, on the show, “Zac was showing off his perfect pearly whites everywhere.”
Others said that while Villa’s performance was great, they wished his character had been written differently. “(Producer) Ryan Murphy has a gross habit of romanticizing topics that shouldn’t be,” wrote u/Ahouse04, citing Tate Langdon and Richard Ramirez as examples.
“I hate the over-inclusion of real true crime in ahs and don’t think it has ever been included in a way that hasn’t been tasteless and disrespectful,” opined u/leesro. Another user, u/Stiricidium, ended their controversial opinion post with, “And I think I’ve had enough sexualizing serial-killers for a lifetime.”