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'American Horror Story' And Charles Manson: Ryan Murphy Wanted A Whole Season About Mass Murderer

Photo dated 1978 of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson. Released from prison in 1967, he set up a commune based on free l
Photo dated 1978 of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson. Released from prison in 1967, he set up a commune based on free love and devotion to himself. Members of his cult conducted a series of murders in California in 1969, including that of actress Sharon Tate. He and his accomplices were sentenced to death, but were spared the death penalty due to a Supreme Court ruling against capital punishment.Photo datée de 1978 du tueur en série Charles Manson. Relâché de prison en 1967, il fonda une communauté basé sur l'amour libre et la dévotion à lui. Les membres de son culte commirent plusieurs meurtres en 1969 en Californie dont celui notamment de l'actrice Sharon Tate, compagne du réalisateur Roman Polanski. Ils furent condamnés à mort mais leur peine commuée en emprisonnement. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

A whole season of "American Horror Story" about Charles Manson? It almost happened.

In an Emmys Q&A with Deadline.com, Ryan Murphy admitted that instead of focusing Season 3 on New Orleans witches, "American Horror Story" almost centered on 1960s mass murderer Charles Manson.

“I want to do an entire season about the [Charles] Manson case,” Murphy told Deadline. "But then we decided that wasn’t respectful to the victims, and it’s really hard to get life rights. So I went to the other idea, which was New Orleans witches that I’ve always been obsessed with. We might go back to the Manson thing in some regard one day. We spend a lot of time specifically trying to get the look and the tone of it right. Every year has a different tone."

This isn't the first time Manson's name has made its way into the TV world in recent months. When "Mad Men's" Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) wore a t-shirt similar to actress Sharon Tate's -- perhaps Manson's most famous victim -- viewers began to speculate that Megan's character was Sharon Tate and would be killed off of "Mad Men."

"Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner quickly shot the theory down, telling The Huffington Post, "[Megan's T-shirt recalled the] picture of Sharon Tate and, yes, she was murdered. It was horrible, but that’s not what [the Megan scene] was about. It was about finding a T-shirt that we could substantiate in case somebody said, 'No, women didn't wear T-shirts back then.'"

One thing's for sure, though: Charles Manson still looms large in the American cultural consciousness.

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"American Horror Story: Coven" premieres in October 2013 on FX.

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