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The Unnerving Similarity Between CSI And American Horror Story

One must admit that seeing someone wearing a rubber bondage suit can be unsettling. As Chad Warwick (Zachary Quinto) is told in “American Horror Story” Season 1, Episode 4, one of the aims of such a suit is to anonymize and dehumanize. That episode explains the origins of the Rubber Man, perhaps the most enduring image in all the seasons of “American Horror Story,” even if its existence doesn’t always make sense or play by the series’ rules. Anyone looking to do true evil — be it Tate Langdon (Even Peters), Michael Langdon (Cody Fern), or Scarlett Winslow (Sierra McCormick) — is likely to have the chance to don the rubber suit.

It is ironic, however, that the rubber suit is more easily associated with “AHS,” given that the eleventh season of “CSI” gave us a creepy rubber-clad villain before “AHS” had even premiered. He’s called Sqweegel, and is a very alive, very real horror. First showing up in the season’s fourth episode, Sqweegel is an avenging angel of sorts. He attacks or kills citizens of Las Vegas who, though seemingly responsible for heroic deeds, harbor a dark secret.

That Sqweegel is methodical enough to stalk his victims and uncover their dark pasts is horrifying enough. Everything else known about him — including the rubber suit — just makes him seem not-quite-human. But this doesn’t mean fans don’t want to see more of him. Sqweegel was never apprehended, and though showrunner Jason Tracey has gone out of his way to tamp down expectations, fans are still hoping that there’s room for him to reappear in “CSI: Vegas.”



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