Crime scene: illusory worlds

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Episode of the series Tatort
Original title Illusory worlds
Country of production Germany
original language German
length 88 minutes
classification Episode 857 ( list )
First broadcast January 1, 2013 on Das Erste
Director Andreas Herzog
script Johannes Rotter
production Sonja Goslicki
music Martin Tingvall ,
Michael Klaukien ,
Andreas Lonardoni
camera Ralf Noack
cut Gerald Slovak

Scheinwelten is a television film from the crime series Tatort . The film, produced by WDR and directed by Andreas Herzog , was broadcast on January 1, 2013 on ARD's first program. It is the 56th case of the Cologne team of investigators Ballauf and Schenk and the 857th crime scene episode.


The commissioners Max Ballauf and Freddy Schenk are called to a murder case that occurred in the neighborhood of their responsible public prosecutor Wolfgang von Prinz. Ingo Broich, managing director of a large cleaning company, was stabbed to death in his apartment and, since he only lived there with his two cats, was only found after six days. Investigators cannot find any trace of a break-in, and the safe is untouched. The knife Broich was stabbed with comes from his own kitchen.

Ballauf and Schenk visit the victim's father, who is in a hospital. After suffering a stroke , he had to transfer the management of the company to his son, with whom he did not have the best relationship. While they are questioning Broich senior, Beate von Prinz, the wife of the public prosecutor, appears. As a lawyer, she represents the interests of her former neighbor, and the investigators find the relationship between the two of them strikingly familiar.

A visit to the cleaning empire of the Broichs reveals that numerous foreign workers are employed there. Ballauf and Schenk try to find the cleaning help who was privately employed by the victim. This is where they come across the Ukrainian student Irina Imschikowa. She looks very closed, but then admits to having been to Broich's house. She saw her boss there dead on the ground and ran away scared. She knows that Ingo Broich was a passionate poker player . The inspectors interviewed Norbert Schnelker, who gave them the address of the “poker garage” where they met regularly.

When checking Jakob Broich's account movements, the investigators come across the transfers. in the total amount of a mid six-digit amount to Beate von Prinz. Obviously, these are gifts , which explains the familiar way of dealing with them. Von Prinz then confronts his wife, and she explains that this would be her fee for helping an old man who would otherwise have no one else. When questioned, she states that she also advises Jacob Broich on safeguarding his wealth from his prodigal son. It was planned to set up a foundation into which the company's profits would flow. To think that she might be a murderer is absurd, in her opinion. Since von Prinz is interested in clearing up the circumstances to what extent his wife is involved in the Broichs' affair, he searches her files. When Beate von Prinz notices this, they both get into an argument and he passes on his responsibility in the murder case to a colleague.

One trace leads to Frank Götze and his wife Adjoa, who works in Broich's cleaning company. Götze is criminally known, and the union of the two may have been a marriage of convenience that Ingo Broich had arranged and in which he was the best man. Adjoa states that Broich only wanted to help her stay in Germany because he was a nice man. For Ballauf and Schenk it is obvious that Ingo Broich has raised money for his poker rounds by arranging marriages of convenience. Strikingly, Adjoa works in the hospital in which Jacob Broich is currently being treated. Ballauf asks Adjoa, and she says that Ingo Broich wanted her to clean there and inform him about who goes in and out of his father. From her he also found out about the planned foundation.

After Beate von Prinz found a drinking glass with traces of DNA in Ingo Broich's dishwasher, the investigators obtain an arrest warrant against her. Apparently, beyond her powers, she spent Broich's fortune on real estate and expensive cars. Ingo could have found out, but she denies having killed him. Suspicious, the Commissioners as to Broich house keys silicone traces are found, which would appear to indicate that the key was copied. Beate von Prinz had her own key and so did the cleaning help. So in the end it turns out that Ingo Broich blackmailed Adjoa. He knew that she was still married in Ghana and he would have been able to have her marriage in Germany annulled. Her husband broke into Broich's apartment for fear that she would have to go back home. He wanted to get the evidence that he had collected against his wife. Broich caught him doing it and Frank Gotze stabbed in the argument.


Scheinwelten was produced by Colonia Media on behalf of WDR . The shooting took place in Cologne and the surrounding area. The screenwriter Johannes Rotter took on the role of forensic technician in this film. The title song Heart shaped gun was sung by Schmidt & Robin Grubert .


Audience ratings

When it was first broadcast on January 1, 2013, the episode Scheinwelten was seen by 8.86 million viewers in Germany, corresponding to a market share of 23.70 percent.


Rainer Tittelbach from evaluates: “A slightly different look, a modern visual language, but also a game with unfamiliar perspectives characterize Andreas Herzog's 'Scheinwelten', the 56th Cologne 'crime scene'. It starts with the book by Johannes Rotter: the otherwise pale public prosecutor gets into a conscience conflict and threatens his existence. His extravagant wife is involved in a murder case. Jeanette Hain plays this viciously arrogant character with her typical tendency towards remoteness. Like most of the secondary characters, the B&C plots also have their charm: they are illegals, gamblers, and stumbled, who want to survive at all costs ... "

Holger Gertz ( ) says: “If a woman looks very conspicuously over the edge of her dark sunglasses in a German crime film, it is always a reliable sign that this woman is involved in the crime. [...] The episode collects stale terms and stale looks. […] The most touching thing about this 'crime scene' is an early sequence with two cats. Director Herzog used to do commercials, he knows how to attract the audience. And what at first looks like a Whiskas advertisement turns out to be a desperate message from the death zone. "

Sandra Zistl at Focus online says: “In addition to the story about a dazzling lawyer who would have been better suited to Munich with her outfits and way of life, the socially critical approach of the 'crime scene' can also spread. It is actually only corrupted by the attempt to heave the problem of illegally employed cleaning women into the life of one of the investigators, Schenk, and to build a few gags on it. "

At one comes to the conclusion “The New Year's crime scene was not exactly exciting. […] Visually, however, 'Scheinwelten' was convincing. Cool pictures underlined the lovelessness of the marriage of Prince's Prosecutor. Director Andreas Herzog, who originally comes from the advertising film industry, knows his trade. The background music was also successful. "

Web links

Individual evidence

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