True story of "I am the night"


If you have seen the trailer for I'm the night And for some reason, is not immediately inspired to look when you see Chris Pine's face, you can change your mind when you hear the wild true story behind the series. Prepare to be just shaken.

One day she will be darkened: Fauna Hodel's Mystical Beginning

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I'm the night based in part on the very true story of Fauna Hodel, a woman who decides to find her family when she discovers she was given away as a baby. Fauna's story was first explained in her autobiography, One day she will be dark. Although Fauna is credited as a writer in the miniseries, she unfortunately left in 2017 after losing her fight against breast cancer.

Here's what you should know about the events in reality before you look I'm the night.

Fauna's real story

Fauna Hodel was born on August 1, 1951 in San Francisco. Her mother, Tamar, was 16 years old and in the birth certificate, Fauna's father listed as "nameless Negro". According to the Fauna website, the Hodel family loved Jimmie Lee, a young black woman working at a casino in Nevada. Tamar wanted Fauna to grow up from a black family because she felt she was surrounded by more love.

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India Eisley as Fauna Hodel in I'm the night.

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As a result, Fauna grew up believing she was biracial. During the civil law movement, Fauna did not know that she belonged to any race, which inspired her to find her biological mother for answers. When Fauna sets out to learn about her story, she discovers that there can be some extremely disturbing family secrets. Plot spoiler: It's totally related to the Black Dahlia murder.

Tamar's Real Story

In 1949, two years before Fauna was born, 14-year-old Tamar visited his father, Dr. George Hodel, at home in Hollywood. Soon after, the father and daughter were involved in an extremely public and salacious incest trial and Tamar was sent to the Los Angeles Juvenile Hall. Apparently, this was where Tamar finally met people outside the privileged bubble she lived in.

"It was there that she decided that if she ever had children, she would like them to be raised as someone from the black competition, with love and kindness," says Fauna's website.

Black Dahlia Connection

In 1947, a woman named Elizabeth Short was brutally murdered in Los Angeles. She soon got the nickname "The Black Dahlia", and her case became one of the most famous ever. So far her murderer has still not been found.

Elizabeth Short, Black Dahlia

Elizabeth Short, Black Dahlia

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However, Steve Hodel thinks he knows exactly who did it. Wait, Hodel? Like, Fauna and Tamar Hodel? Yep.

Steve is Tamar's half-brother, and he believes their father, George (the monster who sexually abused his 14-year-old daughter) is the Black Dahlia killer. Steve has spent over 15 years gathering evidence.

Although the Black Dahlia case is still cold, there is no denial that the family is linking it I'm the night has been loosely based on is fascinating, yet unpleasant as hell.

I'm the night premiere at 10 am on January 27 on TNT.