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You were right. I am a monster.
~ Mr. Jingles
Darkness will always walk with me.
~ Benjamin as he prepared to hunt down Ramirez

Benjamin Richter, also known as Mr. Jingles, is the deuteragonist in American Horror Story: 1984, serving as the main antagonist of the first half.

Jingles is a serial killer who was rumored to be responsible for a spree killing of nine teenagers in Camp Redwood in 1970. However, turned out he was framed by Margaret Booth, who was the true killer. He was later committed to an insane asylum but managed to escape 14 years later and started a new spree killing back to the old place of Camp Redwood, for killing Margaret to seek vengence.

He is portrayed by John Caroll Lynch.

Overview

Past

Benjamin Ritcher was once a veteran from Vietnam War who suffered from being dishonorably discharged. After returning from Vietnam, he took his new identity as a serial killer.

In 1970, Margaret Booth killed nine teenagers in Camp Redwood, following bullying at the hands of the other campers. Richter, blamed for the killings, became captive in Red Meadows Asylum, and was subsequently subjected to terrible treatments during his time in the asylum. He was nicknamed as "Mr. Jingles" due to the jingling keychain on his belt. His murder was still told as a haunting horror story.

1984

Fourteen years later, Jingle was visited by Donna Chambers, a PhD psychology student with a keen interest in the recent rise of violence and serial killers. She wanted to study him in his natural habitat and help him escape. By faking his suicide, Jingles was able to take down an orderly by surprise. Then, Jingles took his keys and walked out of his room, while also allowing all of the patients at the mental ward to leave their rooms. This provided him with an ideal distraction as he made his escape.

1989

Five years later, a reformed Richter lives in Alaska under the name Donald along with his wife Lorraine and son Bobby where he works as the assistant manager at a movie rental store. He returns back home the same night of Richard Ramirez's escape to find Lorraine dead due to Richter defying Satan and as revenge for his incarceration. Richter leaves his son with his sister-in-law and with a newfound hatred, sets off to kill Ramirez.

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Trivia

  • Etymology: The alias Mr. Jingles is named after a mouse in the The Green Mile, a 1996 serial novel by American writer Stephen King. It's the pet mouse of one of the inmates at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. His first name Benjamin is named after Benjamin Willis/Fisherman from I Know What You Did Last Summer.
  • The characterization of Mr. Jingles pays homages to several classic fictional serial killers in 1980s slasher films, like Michael Myres from Halloween franchise, the aforementioned Fisherman, and more particularly Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th franchise due to being a serial killer who targets teenage campers who have sex near a lake.
    • The connection with Jason is further seen with his mother, Lavinia Richter, who like Pamela Voorhees, was a camp cook who was driven insane after her son dies at the camp due to negligence from the counselors.
  • Mr. Jingles is the fourth main serial killer in American Horror Story series after the Bloody Face from Asylum , Dandy Mott from Freak Show, and the Ten Commandments Killer in Hotel. However, his name is revealed ever since the first episode, making people to speculate whether he is the real killer or just a pawn of someone more evil and insidious.
  • Mr. Jingles is also the second main serial killer of the series who has his name revealed in the first episode, after Dandy.

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Murder House
Vivien Harmon | Ben Harmon | Tate Langdon | Violet Harmon | Moira O'Hara | Nora Montgomery | Billie Dean Howard

Asylum
Lana Winters | Kit Walker | Sister Jude | Sister Mary Eunice | Pepper Gayheart | Grace Bertrand | Shachath

Coven
Cordelia Foxx | Zoe Benson | Kyle Spencer | Misty Day | Queenie | Nan | Myrtle Snow | Madison Montgomery | Marie Laveau

Freak Show
Elsa Mars | Bette and Dot Tattler | Jimmy Darling | Ma Petite | Amazon Eve | Maggie Esmerelda | Pepper Gayheart | Penny | Meep | Massimo Dolcefino | Sister Mary Eunice

Hotel
John Lowe | Alex Lowe | Iris | Liz Taylor | Tristan Duffy | Will Drake | Billie Dean Howard

Roanoke
Lee Harris | Matt Miller | Shelby Miller | Monet Tumusiime | Audery Tindall | Priscilla

Cult
Rudy Vincent | Winter Anderson

Apocalypse
Cordelia Goode | Mallory | Madison Montgomery | Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt | Zoe Benson | Myrtle Snow | Misty Day | Queenie | Nan | Tate Langdon | John Henry Moore | Violet Harmon | Behold Chablis | Ben Harmon | Vivien Harmon | Billie Dean Howard | Moira O'Hara | Marie Laveau

1984
Brooke Thompson | Benjamin Ritcher | Xavier Plympton | Chet Clancy | Ray Powell | Trevor Kirchner | Donna Chambers | Bobby Ritcher II

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