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Cleveland, 1936: A hidden witness at a murder scene drags Detective VICTOR SIGORSKI into a shocking case of hooded men killing by decapitation. State Trooper MOYNAHAN, wounded and secreted in a water tower, tells a crazy tale straight out of a BelaMoreCleveland, 1936: A hidden witness at a murder scene drags Detective VICTOR SIGORSKI into a shocking case of hooded men killing by decapitation. State Trooper MOYNAHAN, wounded and secreted in a water tower, tells a crazy tale straight out of a Bela Lugosi picture.Sigorski learns hes on the list of bad apples compiled by Safety Director Elliot Ness. Victor is in a relationship with bordello madam, RONNIE. Sigorski fights back, turning over Ness list to the Cleveland Plain Dealers dishy sob-sister, Mary MacGOWAN.Another headless body turns up at a house-turned-temple, owned by Reverend DAHOMEY. The huge black could easily kill and dispose of a man. Sigorski nearly forgets about Moynahan in the excitement following Dahomeys arrest. The trooper has disappeared. Following a hunch, Sigorski visits the morgue. It was Moynahans body found at the Dahomeys church. Victors compelled to solve the case.When Ness list hits the papers, Sigorskis suspended. For back up, he turns to private eye CHARLIE, who assigns two ops to shadow him. Victor investigates without authority. Figures in black hooded robes appear and tear a suspect apart with their bare hands--Moynahans unbelievable story is true. Sigorski backtracks the trooper. A man pulls a gun on Victor- a badge identifies him as Moynahan. So who is the dead man?Agents of the church knock off Sigorskis few friends in the department, and try for him as well. Charlie informs him that the ops tailing Victor have disappeared. The trail leads to the lunatic asylum, where they find the two ops: one decapitated, the other with horrifying electronics implanted in his brain. Hooded figures capture Charlie and Sigorski. Victor wakes to the sounds of a screams and a bone saw--Charlie. MacGowan rescues Sigorski. In the wake of the ordeal, they make love. Victor has betrayed Ronnie. He vows vengeance on those who have led him along this path. Instead, Sigorski gets taken for a ride by an Army colonel. The murdered man is military intelligence agent- the robed killers are the product of a rogue government program. If a way to stop them isnt found, they will continue to gun for Sigorski.Charlies men track Sigorski down, intent on beating their boss whereabouts out of him. They give him the means to shut down the project--federal agencies cant employ private eyes, and the bad guys have Charlie. Victors got them licked, but the projects records go missing.He confesses his infidelity to Ronnie, and its quits for them. With nothing left, he sets off to break the case alone--back to the water tower where it all began. He spots a warehouse the project operates from. Sigorski steals the records he needs, but hes captured.Project doctors hook Sigorski up to their machines. Tortured, helpless, Victor spills the plan to take them down for federal fraud. The doctors destroy the evidence--Charlie. Sigorski gets free, but the hooded killers are set on him.Victor realizes the black angels are vulnerable to electrical interference, though producing it nearly costs him his life. Sigorski awakens in the hospital. No news of the project, nor suspects in the murders, will ever come to light. The Army colonel assures him that its over--as long as Victor keeps it on the QT. Ronnie reappears. The case has broken Victor, but with her, he might be able to put himself back together.