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    • "The Five People You Meet in Hell": Damon Caylor is "a Charles Manson wannabe" who founded a cult made up of weak-willed people who he brainwashed into believing that society needed to be purged of anyone deemed "a moral hypocrite" by Caylor. After a few of his followers were arrested for publicly beheading an oil executive, Caylor strangled his own wife, who had been convinced to testify against him by reporter Perri Reed. Placed in solitary confinement after being blinded by a fellow inmate, Caylor eventually developed Psychic Powers, which he set out to use against everyone responsible for his imprisonment, including Reed. Caylor forces his trial's prosecutor and judge to murder their respective spouses by having visions of their dead loved ones warp their perception of reality before setting them off with the trigger phrase, "You know what you have to do." The prosecutor hangs himself in despair over killing his own wife, and one of Caylor's arresting officers nearly shoots his before being snapped out of Caylor's control by Kolchak. Caylor tells Reed and Kolchak that the murders will stop if his manifesto is published, but the journal turns out to be blank, having been nothing more than bait that Caylor used to get close enough to Kolchak so that he could try to psychically force him to kill Reed.
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    • "Timeless": Marlene Harmon is a vain immortal who keeps herself alive by feeding on the pituitary glands of young women, whose faces she gnaws through to get to their brains after paralyzing them with an anesthetic. Marlene commits three murders every thirty-five years, with the earliest known killings being in 1900. In 1970, Marlene had her son, Luke, assist her with the latest murders, but when Luke began to crack under the pressure of what he was doing, Marlene shot him in the face, made it look like he committed suicide, and fooled everyone into believing that he was sole perpetrator of the "serial killings" being investigated by the LAPD. In 2005, Marlene has her other son and implied lover, Aaron, help her with the latest batch of killings, which attract the attention of Kolchak and Reed. Marlene sets her own devoted boyfriend up to take the fall for the deaths, and when Aaron confronts her over the circumstances of his brother's suicide, Marlene admits to having killed the "weak" Luke. Even though Marlene had reassured him that she would never harm him, Aaron ends up shooting her to save Reed, convinced that Marlene was lying and that it was only a matter of time before she disposed of him like she did her boyfriend and Luke.
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  • Growing the Beard: The last two episodes was where the show actually started to develop its own identity while paying some respect to the original, started to examine Kolchak himself and hint at him being an Unreliable Narrator, and be really disturbing. Unfortunately, these were, well, the final episodes and never aired, so it was a little too late.
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