Lt. Colonel Stans, an Army veteran in a Maryland hospital, has tried several times to commit suicide, all without success. He tells Mulder and Scully that someone, a soldier, won't let him die and has already killed off his wife and children. Scully chalks it up to a classic case of post-traumatic stress. Stans' commanding officer, General Thomas Callahan, also hears a threat from a phantom soldier, and gets a creepy message on his answering machine.
Someone gives Callahan a scare at his home; he leaves behind clues that lead to a mail boy who's had a lot of contact with a quadruple amputee nicknamed Rappo and has letters to the deceased in his home. The mail boy is killed not long after screaming for help because "he knows this place." Mulder suspects Rappo despite his condition, possibly due to an out-of-body attack. Callahan realizes that Rappo is to blame; however, he refuses to kill him, saying Rappo will suffer like the rest of them. Stans isn't above smothering Rappo, though, and the mayhem ceases. Mulder notes the phenomenon of phantom limbs, and wonders if Rappo had a phantom soul.
Ian Tracey, who plays Leonard "Rappo" Trimble, has credits including Huckleberry Finn on Huckleberry Finn and His Friends, Spider Garvin on Sweating Bullets, and Detective Mick Leary on Da Vinci's Inquest.
Episode Body Count
Stans' wife and children: a total of three people who have died in a house fire; Stans says the phantom soldier killed them.
Kevin Aiklen: a Gulf War vet who Scully says committed suicide by woodchipper (yikes) after his family also died in a house fire; no numbers are given for that.
Capt. Janet Draper: drowned in a pool after a struggle with phantom Rappo.
Trevor Callahan: an eight-year-old boy, dies after being buried by a huge amount of dirt while playing.
Quinton "Roach" Freely: dies of suffocation after a bedsheet is shoved down his throat.
Frances Callahan: murdered by phantom Rappo.
Leonard "Rappo" Trimble: suffocated with a pillow by Stans.
Cumulative Body Count (56/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)
Grand Total: 677
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