For this bonus piece we revisit the 80s again with Stephanie.
Played by Odessa A’zion, the character of Stephanie has only appeared in one episode so far; this one being “Attic Girl.” In that episode it is revealed that Stephanie was a high schooler killed on her prom night in 1987.
In her one episode, Stephanie’s murder is an homage to the various slasher flicks that dominated the 1980s. Two excellent books about horror films in the 1980s are John Kenneth Muir’s Horror Films of the 1980s and J.A. Kerswell’s The Slasher Movie Book.
Of note, Stephanie’s murder not only echoes popular slasher flicks, it invokes similarities to the Texarkana Moonlight Murders. These murders were not only analyzed by BuzzFeed Unsolved, but Michael Newton does incredible work documenting these murders in his book The Texarkana Moonlight Murders: The Unsolved Case of the 1946 Phantom Killer.
Finally, though the show is set in the New England area, Stephanie is also shaped by the Valley Girl culture that started in California but quickly spread across the United States. Amy Asbury’s Valley Girl: Childhood in the 80’s is a fantastic overview of this subculture.