Crime scene: money for the Greek

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Episode of the series Tatort
Original title Money for the Greeks
Country of production Austria
original language German
length 89 minutes
classification Episode 218a ( List )
First broadcast May 21, 1989 on ORF
Director Peter Sower
script Alfred Paul Schmidt
production Peter Müller ,
Ernst Petz
music Klaus-Peter Sattler
camera Rudolf H. Murth ,
Robert Neumüller
cut Lotte Klimitschek ,
Angela Kauf

Money for the Greeks is an Austrian television thriller from 1989. The script was written by Alfred Paul Schmidt and directed by Peter Sämann . As the last of 13 episodes of the crime series Tatort , it was produced by ORF outside of the official Tatort series without ARD and was only broadcast in Austria for the first time. It is the first of a total of nine cases involving Chief Inspector Fichtl as the main investigator.


A businessman is watched by Giovanni Petrini in a parking garage. After the businessman has left the parking garage, Petrini breaks into his car and steals a gun. The next morning, Dr. Führbringer, a geologist in the field of caving, found murdered in a wooded area; he had been shot the previous evening not far from where he was found. Since the dead person does not have any ID with them, Fichtl and Hollocher initially know nothing about the identity of the body. Giovanni Petrini, the man from the parking garage, implores his lover Netti Sebald that they should carry on as before and shouldn't lose their nerve, they would have done it in a few days. Meanwhile, Fichtl has identified Dr. Führbringer investigates, Inspector Winter and Councilor Putner bring the news to the wife. Frau Führbringer takes the death of her husband calmly and states that the marriage was no longer for the best. In the evening, Ms. Führbringer attends a language course as usual, Petrini is her language teacher and the two seem to know each other very well. Frau Führbringer asks Petrini if ​​her husband's corpse looks bad and says they'll soon be there. Netti reacts jealously to Petrini's dealings with Frau Führbringer.

The next day, Frau Führbringer appears at the morgue and identifies her husband. In his institute, Dr. Führbringer's secretary is shocked at the death of her boss. His marriage didn't go well shortly after the wedding, Dr. Führbringer grew quieter and more depressed, and the secretary, Frau Führbringer, had a lover. Fichtl and Putner visit Ms. Führbringer and inform her that the autopsy has been completed. Fichtl asks her about her alibi, but she claims to have been home alone. Fichtl also asks her about her past as a prostitute, which he has since found out, and Fichtl has also determined that she is having an affair. She then admits to have a relationship with Giovanni Petrini. Fichtl and Hollocher seek out Petrini, but he sends them into the house without identifying themselves to the officers. Petrini's neighbor, Ms. Prieber, tells officials that Petrini is an Italian of Greek origin and teaches New Greek in a language laboratory. Meanwhile, Netti reads about the murder of Dr. Guide and recognizes the widow as the Petrini language student she was jealous of. Petrini appears at Fichtl and Putner's, he admits he had a relationship with Frau Führbringer, but he doesn't want anything to do with the murder of her husband, although he doesn't have an alibi.

Putner instructs Winter and Hollocher to shadow Petrini. Putner issues a search warrant for Fichtl for Führbringer's apartment. Petrini manages to shake off Winter and Hollocher, but the search of Führbringer's apartment shows that Dr. Führbringer almost completely ruined himself financially and embarrassed himself socially after marrying the former prostitute. A few days before his death he had signed over his remaining assets to his wife. In the back room of a bar, Petrini buys a pistol that is identical to the one he stole from the car. Putner and Fichtl interrogate Frau Führbringer, who, together with Petrini, they believe to be the murderess. The search of the house had revealed that she had wanted a divorce from her husband after the transfer of the remaining assets, but the latter had not consented to the divorce. While Frau Führbringer is being interrogated and is not impressed by it, Petrini once again enters the businessman's vehicle in the parking garage and hides the gun he had previously bought in the glove compartment from which he had taken the other gun. Petrini and Frau Führbringer meet intimately, everything is going according to plan for them. Netti makes a control call to Frau Führbringer and finds out that Petrini is with her. Meanwhile, Inspector Winter finds out that Dr. Führbringer had been researching a cave near where his body was found. Fichtl and Hollocher go there, meanwhile Petrini looks for Winter in the police station, he apologizes for having fled from her and Hollocher, since there is nothing against Petrini, Winter lets him go.

Fichtl and Hollocher come across a considerable number of poison barrels in the cave, which are illegally stored there. Meanwhile, Petrini is preparing a suitcase with worthless paper in an office that Netti is supposed to take. Meanwhile, Fichtl suspects that Führbringer caught the rubbish dump and blackmailed him and therefore had to die. In an unobserved moment, Netti exchanges the real suitcase with the extortion money, which is in the safe in the office where she works, for the suitcase prepared by Petrini. She later meets with Petrini and pretends to be clueless. In the meantime, Fichtl learns that the poison barrels were radioactively contaminated and that the papers should have been disposed of in Bremen. While Frau Führbringer is playing the grieving widow at her husband's funeral, Fichtl and Hollocher go to the company from which the poison barrels come. The secretary of the managing director Manninger, the businessman from the parking garage, is Netti, he pretends to be his fiancée and an alibi for the night of the murder.

Fichtl tells Hollocher to shadow Netti while he gets a search warrant for the company's premises. Meanwhile, Manninger disposed of the alleged murder weapon in a lake. He then discovers that the suitcase that he brought to a safe place before the search was made with paper instead of money. Netti meets with Petrini and tells him about the police search of the business premises. Netti urges Petrini to flee together, but Petrini advises her to hide in a guesthouse in the country for a few days, he will solve the matter with Manninger in the meantime. When Netti packs her things in the evening and wants to flee, Manninger stands in the door. He beats her and forces her to reveal Petrini's hiding place for the money that Führbringer had extracted from him in a locker at Vienna Central Station. He drives to the train station with Netti, but the locker is empty. After he brutally beats her again, Netti tells him that Petrini must have the money. Manninger visits Petrini, but does not find him. Meanwhile, Netti is taken to the hospital and claims to have had an accident in the train station. Meanwhile, Petrini is sitting in a bar with Frau Führbringer and raving about a golden future when Manninger suddenly joins them. Petrini is unimpressed by Manninger's request that the money be handed over to him, even when Manninger assured him on the head that he knew that Petrini was living under a false name in Vienna and that he was awaiting ten years imprisonment in Greece. Petrini coolly offers him half the money, Manninger sees no choice but to agree and leaves.

Meanwhile, Fichtl and Winter interrogate Netti in the hospital, who admits she was beaten up by Manninger and that Manninger had also disposed of the poison barrels in the cave. When the two officers visit Manninger the next morning, he denies having illegally disposed of the barrels, but merely admits that he beat up Netti “out of jealousy”. Meanwhile, Petrini seeks Netti in the hospital and pretends to be sorry to find out what she has told the police. He also promises her a golden future and is caring. Then he meets with Manninger and tells him that he will not give him the money, whereupon Manninger threatens that he will get his money. Manninger then calls Fichtl anonymously and says that Petrini lives under a false name and is wanted by the police for illegally exporting national cultural assets. When Fichtl and Winter want to leave to arrest Petrini, Petrini appears at the inspection. Giovanni Petrini admits his real name is Nikos Anastopoulos and triumphantly testifies that the offenses against which he was accused in Greece had expired the day before. He claims that Manninger was Dr. Führbringer shot and teaches the murder weapon.

Manninger can be caught by the police after a car chase in which he is injured. He is still confident of victory and denies everything, including that Dr. Führbringer found out about the toxic waste dump and blackmailed Manninger out of his own financial difficulties. Netti, who escaped from the hospital, smuggled a fake suitcase into the villa Führbringer and made the real one disappear. Meanwhile, Fichtl drove with Manninger and Anastopoulos to the crime scene near the cave and presented Manninger with the murder weapon. Anastopoulos inconspicuously indicates to the police that he had exchanged the weapon against the one that Manninger had disposed of, so that Manninger had not destroyed the evidence convicting him, whereupon Manninger flees. He commits suicide by throwing himself down a hill because he was actually told by Dr. Führbringer was blackmailed and then killed. When Anastopoulos celebrates the triumph with Frau Führbringer, he presents her the suitcase of money, when she opens the suitcase prepared with paper, she berates him for allowing Netti to put him in. Meanwhile, Netti flies into the sun with the five million schillings.


Money for the Greek was the first crime scene case involving Chief Inspector Fichtl. The episode Money for the Greeks was broadcast two years after it was first broadcast on June 25, 1991 by Hessischer Rundfunk in Germany for the first time.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. 13 special ORF crime scenes at, accessed on January 24, 2015.
  2. Money for the Greeks on