The search for Flora continues, and unexpected help arrives. An alternate history of Roanoke Colony emerges.
Lee, Matt, and Shelby search with the police and volunteers for Flora. Shelby is reluctant to search her grid area alone, and night begins to fall. Lee finds Flora's doll dismembered and covered in blood, with a pig's head and limbs swapped. A nearby farmhouse's yard has the counterparts. The dilapidated house has rotting animal parts throughout. In the houses barn, two dirt-encrusted boys nurse from a dead sow's teats while mimicking their calls of "Flora!".
The two boys are kin to the Polks, who have abandoned the farm. They are cleaned up at the hospital, and Mason tries to interrogate the boys, who only know one odd word: "Croatoan". In testimonials, the Millers say they came to know that word as a warning.
Two days later, Lee starts to accept the possibility that after all this time they may not find Flora alive. Back at the house, Mason blames Lee for Flora's disappearance, raising the question that Lee is hiding her. They fight, and Mason shoves his ex-wife and storms out. They take some time to rest, for a fresh start on the sleepless search.
Matt receives a late night call from the police, who have found a charred corpse strapped to a raised wooden hoop. Forensics removed a piece of jewelry, which Lee identifies as Mason's.
Matt's security camera (9/30/2014) recorded the exterior footage to his computer, and they speculate as to whether Lee was responsible for Mason's death. Lee is understandably upset, and a man (Cricket) enters through the unlocked door. He claims to have been called by a spirit from New Orleans. The medium regularly works with the FBI to find missing children, and he walks through the house. He identifies the nook in which Flora and Priscilla hid earlier (and describes the ghost by name, having died in the 1500s). He says that Flora was abducted by the dead. The family is skeptical, but allow Cricket to perform a seance to contact Priscilla. The Butcher emerges and shows Cricket calls upon a saint to protect them.
The Butcher describes herself as the protector of the colony, and that the family are trespassers. She further says that Priscilla has taken Flora outside their hallowed ground for the girl's protection. Cricket calls out "Croatoan" to banish the spirit, and the windows shatter inwards.
Cricket says that he can find Flora, but that he will require a $25 000 fee from the family. Matt immediately calls it an extortion and a fraud, and a desperate Lee counters by holding Cricket at gunpoint. Matt defuses her, and Matt tells Cricket to leave. The medium whispers something to Lee on the way out: Emily says hello and wonders why Lee stopped looking for her years ago.
The testimonial Lee is shaken when asked about Emily, her first daughter. Testimonial Lee becomes distraught but continues after a break. The next day, she paid Cricket's fee, and he tells her what he knows, as he learned from a walk in the woods.
The Butcher is Thomasin White, wife of John White, governor of Roanoke. White left his wife in charge of the Roanoke Colony while he returned to England to gather supplies. When food was scarce, Mr. Cage and White's son Ambrose asked after the scarce rations, but she would hear no more of rebellion. Later, the 116 settlers disappeared without a trace.
Lee is skeptical of the Roanoke connection, but Cricket says she only thinks she knows the story. Cage cages and chains Thomasin with an intention to move inland. White's son swears fealty (under a cleaver's duress) with the new regime, and they leave her behind with an iron cage on her face. Dying of hunger and thirst, she hears a wild pig screaming. She runs from the sound, and prays for deliverance. She is saved by the horned woman, who offers food and safety if she will surrender her soul and serve her. Thomasin eats the proffered heart in communion, and returns to cleave into the rebel leaders. Ambrose begs for mercy and receives it from his mother. The group moves inland, contrary to the known history.
Cricket and the Millers go into the woods at night, searching for Priscilla. Cricket attempts to negotiate with The Butcher for Flora's life in exchange for leaving the land and burning the house. Shelby balks, but Lee says that Matt agreed with Lee's plan prior. Shelby looks for Matt for confirmation, but he is gone. When she does find Matt, he is having sex with the horned woman, the tryst watched over by the Polks. A pig was sacrificed nearby.
Matt has no memory of the incident when he returns to the house, and Shelby is furious with him. When Lee finds her way back to the house, she is arrested by the police.
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- The date on the security footage places the real-time incidents at September 30th, 2014. Given the span of days depicted, this is exactly two years prior to Chapter 3's premiere date.
- The story of the Lost Colony had been previously told by Billie Dean Howard to Constance Langdon and Violet Harmon in "Birth," the eleventh episode of "Murder House."
- Who or what killed Mason?
- What happened to Emily?
- Where are the Polks?
- Who's the Horned Woman?
- What happened during Matt's memory blackout?