Residents of Roosevelt Heights are being caught off guard, and killed, by a flesh eating demon with the ability to appear as a person they know and trust.


(as Michael T. Caffey)


(created by) (as Jeff Rice),

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Starman
Mr. Lane-Marriot
Abraham Sofaer ...
Elderly Rakshasa Hunter
Julius 'Buck' Fineman
Shelly Novack ...
Barry the Waiter
Jim Goodwin ...
Frank Rivas
Eric Server ...
Officer Boxman
John Bleifer ...
Mr. Goldstein


Carl investigates a series of deaths that take place in a community mostly populated by the elderly. The bodies are partially devoured, seemingly by rats, but Kolchak begins to suspect that a more sinister force is at work: a ghastly flesh-eating Hindu demon known as the Rakshasa has set up shop in the area, and it has the ability to take its victims by surprise by appearing to them as the person they trust the most. Written by acidxian

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20 December 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Alternate title: "The Rakshasa". See more »


When Kolchak is examining the dead chauffeur, a Eucalyptus tree can be seen in the background. Eucalyptus trees are only found in Australia and California, not in Chicago, where the show was set. See more »


Harry Starman: What about the rats?
Carl Kolchak: Well, we all have rats, sir. You should see the one I work for.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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The Rakshasa
10 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Carl Kolchak(played by Darren McGavin) investigates the horrible murders of elderly residents in the Roosevelt Heights section in Chicago, who were devoured in minutes. Police think it the result of rats, but evidence points to the Hindu owner of a local Indian restaurant, who is in fact hunting a demonic spirit called a Rakshasa, an evil carnivore who attacks victims by hypnotizing them into thinking they are being approached by someone they trust, but this proves to be no safe haven for normally vigilant Carl... Scary episode makes inspired use of the monster, a chilling creation, and amusing guest appearances by both Phil Silvers & Murray Matheson.

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