The bull from Tölz: murder in chorus

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Episode of the series Der Bulle von Tölz
Original title Murder in chorus
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Country of production Germany
original language German
length 92 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
classification Season 5, episode 3
27th episode overall ( list )
First broadcast September 20, 2000 on Sat.1
Director Hans Werner
script Franz Xaver Sengmüller
production Ernst von Theumer junior
music Kristian Schultze
camera Falko Ahsendorf
cut Susanne Hartmann

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Mord im Chor is a German television film by Hans Werner from 2000 based on a script by Franz Xaver Sengmüller . It is the 27th episode of the crime series Der Bulle von Tölz with Ottfried Fischer as the main actor in the role of Chief Inspector Benno Berghammer. It was first broadcast on September 20, 2000 on Sat.1 .


The Tölzer Alpenchor gives a concert on the occasion of its tenth anniversary. Commissioner Benno Berghammer delivers his mother Resi, who sings in the choir, backstage and witnesses a dispute between the young singers Maria Reiter and Sophie Beck. The next morning, Maria is found dead in front of the house by her mother. Her handbag and its contents are there, but an expensive ring is missing. Frau Reiter doesn't know who gave it to Maria; she doesn't think her daughter had time for a lover. Nor does she know how, as a saleswoman, she could afford the convertible that is in front of the house.

Sophie Beck, who has so far been in Maria's shadow with the choir, claims not to have been jealous of Maria, but the decision as to who sings the solo was not right. Ms. Beck, however, knows of a suitor who has been blown off by Maria Reiter: Carlo Minnucci, a waiter in an Italian restaurant. However, he has an alibi from a neighbor who hears every step on the noisy stairs.

When State Secretary von Gluck invites Sophie Beck to dinner and makes it clear to her in flowery words that the benevolence of the association depends on how willing she is personally and privately, she leaves the restaurant in disgust. The next morning, the headline in the “Tölzer Tagblatt” read: “Sex scandal in the Tölzer Alpenchor?”

The autopsy reveals that Maria Reiter was three months pregnant; Choir director Ludwig Moosholzer turns out to be the father. The search of his home did not find anything suspicious.

State Secretary von Gluck compels the choir director to resign on behalf of the Friends' Association. Frieda Moosholzer also draws the consequences and leaves her husband. When she wanted to pick something up the next day, she found him unconscious in the apartment and was able to call the emergency doctor just in time. As a choir founder deprived of all his dreams, he wanted to kill himself with a whole box of sleeping pills. He testifies to Commissioners Benno Berghammer and Sabrina Lorenz that Maria Reiter blackmailed him: If he does not part with his wife, she will make a scandal out of it - she as a sacrificial lamb, seduced by the choir director and the gentlemen of the friends' association. It was exactly the other way around, Maria was the driving force. Ludwig Moosholzer provides the police with a perfect motive, but he says that a murder is not a means of covering up a scandal, as you can see right now.

Resi Berghammer is angry about the sex scandal and accuses her son that the only thing he has achieved with his investigations is that he ruined the harmless choir. She does not accept the fact that none of the choir members have an alibi, because if you need one, get one. The Commissioner argues that only two people have an alibi: Frieda Moosholzer, who has a motive but a reliable alibi, and the Italian waiter Carlo Minnucci, who has a somewhat windy alibi, but no motive. Ms. Berghammer says he should take a closer look at both of them.

When Benno Berghammer visits Carlo Minnucci, the neighbor who gave the waiter the alibi is loudly practicing drums. Another neighbor tells the inspector that Lorenzo plays the drums with earplugs every free minute, including during the time in question. When asked about the broken alibi, Minnucci admits to having killed Maria Reiter; Frieda Moosholzer commissioned him and paid him 25,000 marks for it. Ms. Moosholzer also confesses and gives the reason that she had to free her husband from Maria Reiter because she would otherwise have destroyed him.


The shooting was done in Bad Tölz ; The Hollerhaus Irschenhausen served as the setting for the "Pension Resi" .


The program magazine TV Spielfilm writes: "For the first broadcast, which was watched by five million viewers, ' Der Spiegel ' blasphemed that in Jenny Elvers an actress had been found who could rival Fischer in terms of lack of talent."

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Murder in the Choir - ( Memento from April 29, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Der Bulle von Tölz: Murder in the choir - film review at TV Spielfilm
  3. Television, Der Spiegel 38/2000, 107 (PDF; 128 kB)