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|“||Do you want to know the other great thing about God? You can use him to explain why something happened, but you can also use him to explain why you did something. Even something horrible. Isn't that great?||„|
|~ Margaret Booth|
|“||Cleanliness is next to godliness. Go clean yourself up.||„|
|~ Margaret to Booth|
Margaret Booth is the main antagonist of American Horror Story: 1984 and the real killer of the 1970 Red Wood Camp massacre, for which she framed Benjamin Richter, her former best friend.
Initially, as the current director of Camp Redwood, she was portrayed as an odd fanatic, but still a rather neutral character and a survivor of the massacre reportedly to be committed by Richter, whom the media dubbed "Mr. Jingles", until the fourth episode "True Killers" revealed that she was behind the massacre and thus the entire series' major events.
She is portrayed by Leslie Grossman.
Initial Personality - "Survivor"
Initially, Margaret was portrayed as a fanatically devout Christian who claimed that God saved her from being a victim of Mr. Jingles, even at the cost of her own ear. She is also persistent upon the ban of indecent acts that she considers as "sins", particularly the negative behaviors of 1980s American youths in general, including drinking, taking drugs, and obssession upon pornography. She aims to make Camp Redwood a "Godly" and decent place for children.
True Personality - "Killer"
However, there are much more negative traits left to be explored upon Margaret, especially after the revelation that she was the real killer behind Camp Redwood Massacre and framed her former best friend, Benjamin Ritcher, for the murder simply because she believed he should protect her from the victims, whom she suffered from their abuse and bullying. Her incrimination eventually shaped him from a gentle and friendly man into the murderous Mr. Jingles.
Red Wood Camp killing
- Margaret is the third religious fanatic of American Horror Story after Joan Ramsey from Coven and Pastor Charles from Cult, following the theme of religious fanaticism within the series.
- She is the fourth Americna Horror Story character named "Margaret". The first is Margaret Harvey from Murder House, the second is Margaret Gibson from Hotel, and the third is Margaret from Roanoke.
- Leslie Grossman explained that Margaret keeps her glasses on even if she is missing an ear because the arm of the glasses rests on the ear nub.