Lone Gunmen, The

Group of brainy conspiracy theorists who publish The Lone Gunman (a.k.a. The Magic Bullet) a weekly newsletter on the fantasy drama THE X-FILES/FOX/1993-2002. and THE LONE GUNMEN/FOX/2001.


Its techno-geek members included:

  • Richard Ringo Langly (Dean Haglund), a tall computer geek with dark glasses and long blonde hair
  •  John Fitzgerald Byers (Bruce Harwood) as, a bearded computer expert
  •   Melvin Frohike (Tom Braidwood), a surveillance specialist who has a thing for FBI agent Dana Scully
  •  Kenneth Suna, aka “The Thinker” (Bernie Coulson), a computer hacker who accessed classified Defense Department MJ files and was later murdered, execution-style.

The Lone Gunmen debuted on the first season episode “E.B.E.” (Extraterrestrial Biological Entities) of THE X-FILES. They formed an alliance with FBI paranormal investigator Fox “Spooky” Mulder (David Duchovny).

“UFO’s caused the Gulf War Syndrome? That’s why we like you, Mulder. Your theories are weirder than ours.”–  Frohike to Mulder


Byers, Frohike, Langley, Bond and Harlow – Members of THE LONE GUNMEN

When THE LONE GUNMEN series debuted, these klutzy conspiracy buffs reluctantly added a new member to their team in the form of former football coach for the blind, Jimmy Bond, a good looking but dumb jock (played by Stephen Snedden). Yves Adele Harlow, aka Lois Runtz (Zuleikha Robinson) is a thief/rival who sometimes works with the Lone Gunmen. The alias Yves Adele Harlow is an anagram for Lee Harvey Oswald.

The group’s secret headquarters is located in a warehouse/basement in Takoma Park, Maryland, an industrial suburb of Washington DC.

The Gunmen travel in a beat up blue and white Volkswagen van (their “mobile news unit”) filled with an amazing array of surveillance equipment, including a periscope. The van’s license plate TSD 596 has Maryland registry.

Note: In reality, the actors who played the Lone Gunmen had less than mysterious real life jobs: Haglund (a stand-up comedian); Braidwood (an assistant director on the X-FILES); and Harwood (a local library clerical worker).


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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