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.
Did You Know?
The phenomena of persons instantaneously igniting, or spontaneous human combustion, has actually been documented although completely turning to ash has not been documented. See more
The young couple tell Sgt. Mayer they heard screams and ran to the pool, but they weren't doing that in the previous scene. They were laughing and casually walking to the pool. However, they may simply be embellishing their story for the police, to seem more like concerned citizens. See more
Mrs. Sherman, do you remember me? I was with Sergeant Mayer.
Well, he certainly takes a dim view of you.
Well, he's a little dimwitted anyway.
Edited into Kolchak: Crackle of Death