When a young woman is kidnapped and her boyfriend murdered in North Michigan, passport photographs taken moments before reveal nightmarish images of the woman. Mulder is fascinated by the pictures, believing them to be evidence of psychic photograph, images created on film by the power of the mind. After the victim is found alive but lobotomised, unable to do anything but repeat the word 'unruhe', German for unrest, and a second victim is taken, Scully makes the break though and arrests a suspect, Gerry Schnauz. A paranoid schizophrenic who spent time in an institution following an attack on his father brought on by his sister's suicide, which he blames on 'howlers', evil spirits that live in people's minds. He thinks he is saving the women he lobotomises from the howlers.
Mulder shows Gerry the photographs, he is shocked by the sight of his paranoid delusions captured on film and admits to the crimes, telling them where the second victim is, she too has been lobotomised. But the hunter becomes the hunted, as Gerry kills a prison guard and escapes taking Scully captive.
Mulder's only hope of saving her is to study the photographs to get inside Gerry's mind. Meanwhile Scully uses her own knowledge of Gerry's psychosis and German to try to talk Gerry out of 'saving' her from the howlers. But Gerry seems more concerned with the camera he has, all the photographs he takes show him lying dead on the floor. Moments later Mulder arrives and shoots Gerry dead.
Scully: "For truly to pursue monsters we must understand them, we must venture in to their minds. Only in doing so,
do we risk letting them venture in to ours."
|| Vince Gilligan
|| Rob Bowman
|| Special Agent Fox Mulder
|| Special Agent Dana Scully
|| Gerry Schnauz
|| The Boyfriend
| Sharon Alexander
|| Mary Lefante
|| The Druggist
|| Officer Trott
|| Inspector Puett
|| The Doctor
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