The X-files

4X08 Paper Hearts

Mulder is haunted by a series of vivid dreams that leads him to the location of the buried body of a murdered girl with a heart shape cut out of her clothing. Mulder recognizes the M.O. of the crime as matching murders carried out by serial killer John Lee Roche, whom Mulder profiled in one of his first cases with the FBI. Between the years of 1979 to 1990 Roche, a vaccum cleaner salesman abducted thirteen young girls, strangled them and cut heart shaped material from their clothes which he kept as trophies. When the body is identified as Addie Sparks, who went missing in 1975, it seems to indicate that Roche's killing spree started earlier that previously thought. Roche's heart shaped trophies were never recovered so the exact number of victims remained unknown. Mulder has another dream which leads him to Roche's paper heart tophies hidden in his old car, there are sixteen hearts indicating two more victims unaccounted for. Mulder and Scully question Roche about the remaining two victims. Roche hints that Mulder's sister Samantha was one of his victims. Mulder goes to see his mother and finds evidence that Roche sold her a vaccum cleaner in 1973 just before Samantha disappeared. Mulder questions Roche once more and strikes him when he refuses to co-coperate further. Assistant Director Skinner orders Mulder off the case. But as Mulder begins to doubt his recollections of his sister's abduction he is driven to find the truth about what happened to his sister.

Noteworthy Quote

Scully to Mulder: "You said it yourself once, you said that a dream is the answer to a question we haven't learnt how to ask."

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Writer: Vince Gilligan
Director: Rob Bowman

David Duchovny Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully

Guest Cast:
Mitch Pileggi Assistant Director Skinner
Tom Noonan John Lee Roche
Rebecca Toolan Mrs Mulder
Byrne Piven Robert Sparks
Vanessa Morely Samantha Mulder
Sonia Norris The Young Mother
Carly Mckillip Caitlin Ross
Paul Bittante The Local Cop
John Dadey The Local Agent

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