When a joint FBI/Police task force investigating the deaths of four African-American men in Philadelphia turns up no leads Assistant Director Skinner contacts Agent Scully. He shows her photographs of the latest victim, Scully notes that the man has lost all the pigmentation in his skin.
The Centre for Disease Control would like Scully with her medical background to investigate whether the men are the victims of a new pathogen. Scully performs an autopsy on the latest victim which reveals that his pituitary gland has been destroyed.
Mulder however believes there is more to the case than a disease, he contacts Marita Covarrubias in the United Nations who puts him in touch with Minister Diabira from Burkina Faso, West Africa. Diabira covered up a recent similar death on an international flight from Africa to the United States because he knows the identity of the killer. An African mythical figure called a Teliko, a evil spirit of the air, who emerge at night to suck the life and colour out of their victims.
Scully's investigation finds no evidence of a pathogen affecting any of the victims.
When a young African American student disappears from a bus stop, they are able to arrest a suspect, Samuel Aboah a recent immigrant from Africa. Hospital tests reveal he does not have a pituitary gland.
Mulder theorises that the Teliko are not spirits but members of a lost African Tribe who lack a pituitary gland and have survived over the years by taking what then need from others.
Mulder: "All new truths begin as heresy and inner superstitions. We fear the unknown, so we reduce it to the terms that are most familiar to us.
Whether that's a folk tale....a disease....or a conspiracy!"
|| Howard Gordon
|| James Charleston
|| Special Agent Fox Mulder
|| Special Agent Dana Scully
|| Assistant Director Skinner
|| The Businessman
|| The Flight Attendant
|| Samuel Aboah
|| Seat Mate
|| Dr Simon Bruin
|| Marcus Duff
|| Special Agent Pendrell||
|| Alfred Kittel||
|| Marita Covarrubias||
|| Lieutenant Madsen||
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