Irresistible | K Files | X Files Podcast | Case File 406
The K Files Podcast continues our deep cover investigation into the most disturbing serial killers on The X Files. This week, we look into the origin of death fetishist and likely demon, Donnie Pfaster, in Irresistible.
Open case file 406 below:
Enter Donnie Pfaster – the Cool Hand Luke of TXF Rogues’ Gallery. This terrifying introduction features dark, violent elements on a par with Squeeze or 2Shy. The grim tone in episodes like this feel like an early premonition of Chris Carter’s other Fox series, “Millennium.”
Donnie makes his debut in the files as a death fetishist who begins kidnapping and killing living women to satisfy his hunger for remnants of corpses. He takes their hair, skin, and nails – literally breaking them down to parts. Pfaster’s heinous crimes impact the characters deeply.
Actually, the violence is tough to stomach for virtually everyone but Mulder, who takes Pfaster’s MO in stride pretty handily due to his early FBI career profiling killers.
Scully finds it particularly disturbing seeing women’s bodies debased after her own recent abduction. Women’s bodies are often in danger on the show in vulnerable ways. Irresistible goes above and beyond in that regard.
Scully fears that even her connection to the sacred is no match for the base evil of a monster like Donnie. She escapes with her life but this experience haunts her.
In fact, the character of Pfaster was eventually brought back in the season seven episode “Orison” – during which Scully has to enact some biblical justice on his demon ass.
We’ll have that investigation for you next week!
Please enjoy a personal look at the episode with X-Files creator Chris Carter:
In St. Paul, Minnesota, a funeral is held for a young girl. The ceremony is observed by Donnie Pfaster, eerie assistant director for the funeral home. Later that night, as the girl’s body is being stored for burial the following day, Pfaster’s boss finds him cutting off the corpse’s hair. Pfaster is fired.
Mulder and Scully are summoned to Minneapolis by an FBI field agent who is investigating the exhumation and desecration of a body in a local cemetery. Scully is disturbed at the sight of the disheveled corpse.
When more bodies are found, Mulder develops a psychological profile of the criminal, believing him to be an escalating “death fetishist” who may resort to murder to satisfy his desires.
Scully keeps her discomfort with the case to herself, and writes up a field report on necrophilia. Pfaster proves Mulder’s prediction correct and continues to kill in this way across the tricities area.
Scully is deeply troubled by Pfaster’s crimes, and has unsettling dreams and hallucinations about the case. In Washington, she has a counseling session with a social worker, during which she shares her anxiety about the investigation.
Through a series of events, Pfaster kidnaps Scully and takes her to his late mother’s abandoned house, bound and gagged.
Mulder and Bocks frantically look for clues to Pfaster’s whereabouts while Scully escapes from Pfaster as he prepares a cold bath for her, and there’s a pursuit and struggle throughout the house. Mulder and Bocks breaks in moments later and apprehends Pfaster.
Scully initially insists that she is okay, but then breaks down and cries in Mulder’s arms. In a voice-over narration, Mulder traces Pfaster’s pathology to his childhood, when he was raised in a family of four older sisters.
The truth is already here.