In the era of fairly accurate historical dramas like The Crown and Downton Abbey, it’s no secret that many television characters are directly based on real historical figures. Equally as often, however, thin historical homages are hidden within popular TV shows - characters that are real-life people in everything but name. Sometimes, of course, it’s the TV villains that are based on people.
Somehow, a television antagonist based on a real person is more impactful than when it’s one of the good guys. Knowing that the same character stalking the heroes of our favorite TV shows once stalked - or, occasionally, still stalks - our own world is a terrifying thought, and one that gives brand new meaning to the horrors of reality television.
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