The Lone Gunmen

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Created by Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, Frank Spotnitz. With Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Zuleikha Robinson.

The Lone Gunmen are a trio of characters, Richard “Ringo” Langly, Melvin Frohike and John Fitzgerald Byers, who appeared in recurring roles on the American television series The , and who starred in the short-lived spin-off, The Lone Gunmen. Their name was derived from the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was solely responsible for the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Described as counterculture patriots, they are ardent conspiracy theorists, government watchdogs and computer hackers who frequently assist central  characters Mulder and Scully, though they sometimes have their own adventures. The Lone Gunmen author a news publication called The Lone Gunman (once referred to as The Magic Bullet Newsletter; a pejorative reference to the single bullet theory and, like the group’s name, a reference to the John F. Kennedy assassination), to which Mulder loyally subscribed. None of them have day jobs; they rely on financial backers who believe in their cause, and the revenue generated by the subscriptions to their paper. They share a loft apartment where they also work, and use a 1974–79 VW Transporter to commute.

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