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So, what does "Croatoan" mean?
The story of "Croatoan" and "CRO" being carved on the gate post and tree, respectively, is legitimately creepy. Though the claims are unsubstantiated, the word has taken on an eerie legend of its own — outside the American Horror Story universe.
According to legend, Edgar Allan Poe whispered "Croatoan" on his deathbed. It's also supposedly been found written in Amelia Earhart's journal. (Of course, there's no evidence to support these claims, either.)
When else has "Croatoan" appeared on American Horror Story?
The current season isn't the first time the American mystery of Roanoke has been invoked on the show. In the first season, Murder House, Billie Dean Howard (Paulson) tells Violet (Taissa Farmiga) that saying the word "Croatoan" can banish spirits.
Billie describes an exorcism at the Roanoke Colony, which involved the use of the word "Croatoan." Violet later tries to use the word to banish some of the murder house's other residents, but her efforts are unsuccessful.
How are Matt and Shelby connected to the Roanoke Colony?
If Matt and Shelby's account is to be believed, they encountered the ghosts of the Roanoke colonists while living in their North Carolina home. Creator Ryan Murphy has hinted, though, that Matt, Shelby, and Lee may not be reliable narrators.
Why do Matt and Shelby believe they were haunted by the Roanoke colonists' ghosts?
If Matt and Shelby aren't telling the truth, this would be a pretty creative lie. Would they fake the story for money? To cover up Mason's murder? Who knows!
The idea of a modern couple being haunted by colonists from centuries ago, though, is intriguing — and it definitely makes us want to know more about the real history of Roanoke. And with that, we bring you five theories about what may have happened to the lost colonists.