Former FBI Agent Spills the Beans on The X-Files’ Real-Life Inspiration

Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, William B. Davis, and Mitch Pileggi in The X-Files (1993)

As one of the most iconic sci-fi supernatural television shows of all time, The X-Files (1993-2018) captivated audiences for years with stories of government conspiracies, aliens, and unsolved mysteries. But did you ever consider that some of the stories might be based on actual events?

John DeSouza, a retired FBI agent who specialized in paranormal investigations during his 25-year career, confirmed that season one of The X-Files was based on cases he had investigated during his time at the bureau. The shocking truths behind the hit TV show were revealed during a recent interview.

Unveiling The Real X-Files

During the bombshell interview, DeSouza says that when the show first aired, his supervisors thought he had leaked classified intelligence to Chris Carter, the show’s creator, and his team. DeSouza also went on to say that the FBI was going to shut Carter down if he didn’t reveal who his informants were. That’s when Carter explained that it was other retired FBI agents feeding him classified information in the early 90s, not DeSouza.

Real-Life Paranormal Agent

DeSouza speaks of his fascinating career with the FBI. He has seen things that defy explanation. He’s written a few books about his experiences and knowledge based on his dealings with UFOs and the paranormal, which was his area of expertise during his career with the FBI.

The Truth Is Out There

It turns out those themes of paranormal investigations into mysterious cases weren’t totally made up by the show’s creator. So, if you are a fan of The X-Files, you’re in for an incredible surprise. There is more to the show than meets the eye. Like Fox Mulder said, “The Truth is out there.” Mulder and Scully were onto something after all.

I know what I’m binge-watching this weekend (for the third time).

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

This article was produced and syndicated by The Happiness Function.

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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation and travel writer sharing the best-kept secrets that aren’t in your typical guidebook. Her goal is to inspire people to travel with a sense of adventure by sharing hidden gems across the U.S. and beyond. She is married to an expat Argentine, Pablo. They camp in their Aliner often and love wandering the world. Follow their latest adventures on Instagram @thehappinessfxn.


  1. Burt Randall on April 2, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    When that show came out, it was so SCARY!!

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