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Like the FBI and Gretchen Weiner's hair, Season 6 of #AmericanHorrorStory is full of secrets. But now that we're close to the end of #Roanoke, Ryan Murphy and his team have finally begun to reveal some of the answers that we've been looking for.

Did any scene in Roanoke beat these messed up moments from previous seasons?:

Eight episodes in, Finn Wittrock's hillbilly Jether Polk finally squealed, revealing the origins of the Piggy Man who's haunted the Millers ever since My Roanoke Nightmare first began.

Who's Behind The Piggy Man's Mask?

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Given their fascination with pigs, it may come as no surprise to learn that the Piggy Man is actually one of the incestuous Polks. Back when the World's Fair was still a thing in the 1800s, Jether's ancestor Kincaid Polk took his obsession to the next level by hanging, gutting and skinning people while wearing a pig mask. Jeez, not even oinkment could heal those kind of wounds.

Jether recalls that Kincaid was inspired to commit these heinous acts by The Butcher, who arguably does look like The Muppets Missy Piggy from certain angles. Things presumably didn't turn out too well in the end for Kincaid, but his spirit is still hogging all of the kills, terrorizing anyone who dares to step onto the Butcher's land.

While there's no official stories of Piggy Men butchering their victims in the real world, there are a few urban legends which American Horror Story could have used for the inspiration behind Roanoke's Kincaid and his disturbing killing spree.

What's The Real-Life Story Behind The Piggy Man?

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Admittedly, the following stories could just turn out to be nothing more than hogwash, but trust us: Even if that is the case, there's no way that any of these potential porkers will boar you.

Out of all the urban legends that revolve around murderous swines, the one based around the small town of Angola, New York is undoubtedly the most meaty. It starts like any serial killer story begins; with an overworked hog farmer and butcher who had too little time on his hands. As the tale goes, this butcher would impale the heads of pigs on spikes along his driveway to let people know that he was too busy and shouldn't be disturbed under any circumstances.

While the locals knew better than to cross the butcher during these times, some pig-headed teenagers decided to push their luck and approached his property regardless. The legend goes that the butcher beheaded the intruders for trespassing and then impaled their heads on the stakes instead of the pigs.

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Some people say that the butcher then escaped into the woods, never to be seen again, while others maintain that the local townspeople took vengeance and murdered him on Holland Road, which will now forever be known as Pigman Bridge. Whether you think this story's baloney or not, people say that his ghost still haunts the bridge to this very day and that he now possesses the body of a man and the head of a pig, because, science.

What About The Pigman of Devil’s Washboard?

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Aside from this and ManBearPig, the other most famous account of a Pig Man comes from the state of Vermont, where an urban legend has taken hold in the town of Devil's Washboard.

It's no surprise that somewhere with such a creepy name would sprout rumors of otherworldly serial killers, but the mixed reports suggest that the Pigman of Devil’s Washboard really is just a load of hogwash.

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Some say the Pigman is covered in white fur; others say that's he wears a rotten pig mask; and some even believe that he has an actual snout, just like a real pig. Unlike the character from American Horror Story, this Pigman likes to target teenage couples making out in cars, which leads us to believe that this version of the story was devised during a particularly creative PTA meeting.

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Will any of these stories ever turn out to be true? Maybe when pigs fly — in the meantime, the saga of the Piggy Man isn't over yet on American Horror Story, as Wes Bentley's character just burst onto the scene at the end of Chapter 8, wearing a dun, dun duuuun... pig's mask! Whether Dylan makes a ham-fisted attempt to save the remaining survivors or whether he's out to kill them too, we know that this isn't the last we'll see of the Piggy Man or his murderous sausage fingers.

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Sources — Did You Know?, Mental Floss, New Bedford Guide