Kolchak looks into several instances of spontaneous combustion, where the victims were suddenly incinerated as they dozed. He finds that the apparition of a renowned orchestra conductor was spotted at the scenes of the crimes, but the catch is that the conductor isn't dead. With the help of a gypsy, Kolchak learns that a vengeful ghost known as a "doppelganger" is at work, impersonating the conductor in an attempt to take over his life. When Kolchak himself is marked for incineration, he must avoid falling asleep until he can stop the ghost once and for all. Written by
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Kolchak must exhume a grave in the course of the story, and his voice-over narration explains that he must do this alone because he has nobody he can ask to help do such a thing. However, the brief clip of him standing inside the half-dug grave clearly shows him illuminated by several flashlight beams. The footage is recycled from an earlier episode, "The Zombie". See more
Edited into Crackle of Death