TV 23 X-Files Storylines That Were Based on Real Life Stories  

Jimmy Andreakos
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Are aliens real? What about ghosts? Whether or not you believe in the mysterious powers of the paranormal, these bizarre The X-Files plots based on real life suggest other celestial beings are here on Earth. This list of X-Files stories taken from real life occurrences is freaky enough to have you saying, "I want to believe." Mysterious murders, witchy black magic, and life on Mars doesn't even begin to cover it.

What is the government hiding in Area 51? There's a reason so many cases have been marked "unsolvable" throughout history - and by FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Vote up the narratives you find too eerie to just be a coincidence on this list of spooky stories stolen from the real world.
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You Call Them Freaks, He Calls Them Family


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Many decades ago, freak shows were common across the United States as part of traveling carnivals and circuses. One show in particular, called "The Jim Rose Circus," stood out amongst the rest. The episode "Humbug" was inspired by a VHS tape of The Jim Rose Circus. In fact, you can watch some of the freak show members act as characters in the episode, which follows the life of a traveling carnival.
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Science Can't Always Explain Everything


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Some say it was mass hysteria, others claim it was the ingestion of a powerful solvent. One thing everyone agrees on is that on February 19, 1994, a woman named Gloria Ramirez checked into an emergency room in Riverside, CA. The smell of her blood incapacitated 23 staff members, five of which had to be hospitalized themselves. Gloria died within 45 minutes of her arrival, but the mystery of her toxic blood continues to linger. This incident was the inspiration behind The X-Files Season 1 episode, "The Erlenmeyer Flask."
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Philadelphia Is Known for a Lot Worse Than Cheesesteak


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The Philadelphia Experiment was an eerie real life examination that has served as inspiration for countless sci-fi and horror TV shows since its occurrence in October 1943. The X-Files episode "Dod Kalm" not only uses the original story as insight, it also drops several hints and references throughout.
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The Jersey Devil Strikes Again


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New Jersey - home to the Jersey Shore "guido" and The Jersey Devil sightings. In January 1909, hundreds of people reported that a kangaroo-like animal with leathery bat wings and an elongated horse face attacked trolley cars, social clubs, and hunters around town. Police even claimed to have spotted and fired upon the monster, but despite their best efforts to hunt it down, a body was never found.

The X-Files riffs on the legend of the Jersey Devil in the episode, "The Jersey Devil" (naturally). It focuses on the resurgence of attacks on the New Jersey Turnpike that leave victims with missing their limbs.