Dolores Roach is the serial killer star of Amazon Prime’s The Horror of Dolores Roach. Roach spends over a decade and a half in prison for taking ownership of a drug-selling operation run by her boyfriend. She discovers a changed and unfamiliar world upon her release. Unable or perhaps unwilling to adapt, Roach suddenly becomes a cold-blooded murderer. 

Dolores Roach is not real; she is a fictional character created by Aaron Mark

Dolores Roach is a fictional character created by Aaron Mark, who runs a popular 2018 podcast of the same name for Gimlet Media. Played expertly by Daphne Rubin-Vega, Roach also appeared as the primary character in the off-Broadway solo show Empanada Loca, a macabre show written by Aaron Mark. 

Dolores Roach shares several similarities with fictional killer Sweeney Todd. Sweeney, like Roach, was wronged by the system and decided to take it out on the public.

After a judge lusting for Sweeney’s wife sent him to exile, Sweeney became a serial killer, targeting customers of his barbershop. Sweeney and his accomplice processed the corpses into meat pies. In The Horrors of Dolores Roach, she and her partner, Luis, deep-fry the corpses, turning the meat into ‘secret recipe’ empanadas, which go viral.