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The only thing that takes the edge off is when I can pull people under with me. Make them feel one ounce of what I feel. Then I'm not alone.
~ Sally to Iris.

Sally McKenna is a major antagonist in American Horror Story: Hotel.

She was portrayed by Sarah Paulson who also portrayed Mary Epps in 12 Years a Slave, Dr. Ellie Staple in Glass as well as several other characters in American Horror Story; particularly, Ally Mayfair-Richards.


Hypodermic Sally is a drug addict who is forever stuck haunting inside the Hotel Cortez after her death. She will stop for nothing in order to satisfy her needs. She is an adversary of Iris and a mean and selfish person. But she is also like a broken rag doll. Gabriel tells John to find her. He asks her but she doesn't say anything. However, he arrests her after trying to edit one of the commandments which he finds offensive, opprobrious, disrespectful, and vituperative. Sally has believed John is the love of her life, but her goal is for John to die in the Hotel.

She fails in her goals however she does continue to terrorise guests who happen to come into the hotel and is given access to the internet where she can feel less alone.

Persuaded by her killer Iris, Sally eventually becomes a social media blogger and star, and finally finds meaning and happiness in her exsistence. 



  • She is the first character in American Horror Story played by Sarah Paulson who is a villain, and the first such character whose death has been seen on the show outside of a fantasy.
  • Her story is an allusion to that of Nancy Spungen, the girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, whom Vicious murdered in 1978. Also, her appearance was inspired by Chloe Webb into the biopic Sid and Nancy.


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