Episode 21 – Born Again

The Case: In Buffalo, New York, 8-year old Michelle Bishop is linked to a series of murders of police detectives. After speaking with Michelle’s psychiatrist, Mulder and Scully discover the girl mutates dolls the exact way Charlie Morris, a former policeman, had died, leading Mulder to believe Michelle may be the reincarnation of Officer Morris back to take revenge on his killers. Listen here.

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Featured Music: “Touch of Truth” by Yanni;  “Standalone” by Ghost in the Machine; “Raptus” by Mark Snow; “A Place in History” by Mark Snow; “Fish Food” by Mark Snow; “Eyes of Truth” by Enigma; “Ocean Waves” by Sounds for Life; “He Lives in You” by Lebo M; “Born Again” by The Gaither Vocal Band, “Born Again” by The Christians; “Born Again” by Starsailor; “Born Again” by Third Day; “I’m Born Again” by Boney M.; All X-Files Music by Mark Snow.

X-Files DNA Music: “Born Again” by The News Boys


One thought on “Episode 21 – Born Again

  1. Agents,

    again, very well done. I loved listening to this one and once more I have to thank Agent Stone especially for his thorough research. I agree that this was not at all a very remarkable episode, but I still had to comment because it touches what I would call “my very own X-File”.

    When this episode came out in the mid 90s I was quite disenchanted with the “paranormal”. Although I have had a lifelong interest in all things “out there”, at that time (in my 20s) I thought I had it all figured out. UFOs were bunk, misinterpretations of perfectly explainable events and arial objects. Psychics were most likely all frauds or mentally disturbed. And everything in the realm of the religious, afterlife and reincarnation especially, was probably nothing but wishful thinking.

    Then, one day, I wandered into a room where my cousin (20 yrs younger) was getting his diapers changed. I noticed a strange red mark on his left chest under the ribcage that looked a lot like a wound. I asked about it and the mother said the docotors had said this was perfectly normal, a birthmark that would diminish in time. So I didn’t make much of it.

    To make things short, in the following years, the boy showed a lot of the signs reported by researchers like Ian Stevenson. Strange phobias (knives, animals being butchered) and dreams of men following him, calling his parents by their first names instead of mum and father, at one point even claiming that his mother wasn’t his real mother etc. That culminating in him telling me at one point, when he was around 6, that he had been murdered in a “former life”.

    Of course, you would have to experience something like this yourself to begin to believe it. There was no preoccupation in the family with “paranormal” things or with reincarnation. Indeed, I was the only one who had read or watched movies abiut it, but all the time I was keeping my mouth shut because these things are really taboo around here and because I didn’t want to influence the boy.

    My cousin is now about 20 yrs old and seems to have forgotten or repressed these memories. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find out much as the parents have decided to keep all this under wraps. Btw., the father is a police comissioner and quite possibly has had to do with knifings etc.

    Yep, I know, sounds like an X File, but believe you me, I am quite as sceptical as anyone. And I would have dismissed it all if not for another, more recent case hinting at reincarnationn. But as that one is even more personal, i won’t write it down here.

    As for Agent Stone’s observation that most of the cases (examined by Ian Stevenson for example) seem to stem from Asia, I think that “my X File” might hint at the reaeson why this is so. While reincarnation is pretty much part of the official religion in Asia, in Germany, you’re called a kook, get socially and professionally discriminated if you only say that you’re interested in reincarnation. So, as in the case of my cousin’s family, it all gets played down and covered up. I wonder how many families here and in other countries have had similar things happen.

    Oh well… I won’t say I want to believe, because actually, after this second case, I’m past that, I guess. And I’m still sceptical. But you start to wonder “if that really happens what else might be true?”.


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