Element Of Crime Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Element Of Crime Script



[ Man Chanting In Arabic ]



[ Man ]

Fantasy is okay, but my job

is to keep you on the right track.



We are after the facts.



You seem to return to Cairo and me

whenever you have a problem.



Two months ago,

you left Cairo, your wife,




for a police job in Europe.



Now you are back,

haunted by headaches.



If you want me to help you

get rid of these headaches,



we must go back

two months in time,



back to where it all started.



All I know, Europe

has become an obsession to you.



What was the name again?



[ Woman ]

Mr. Fisher.



An obsession, Mr. Fisher,

a state of mind.



I have no doubt the stay

in Europe has been painful--






So you must go into that part

of your memory.



It's hard for you

to remember, you say.



Yes. Yes.



So to help you to remember,



we have agreed to try hypnosis.



Hypnosis is a sound method.

It cannot fail.



If you feel uneasy, tired, worried,



I'll bring you out of it.



Just ask me.



No problem.

No problem at all.



I want you to go back...



two months in the time.



I want you to leave Cairo--



the sand, the desert...












It's too much for Europeans.






You're going to see Europe again...



first time in    years.



[ Fisher ]

I'm going to see Europe again...



for the first time in    years.



But Europe is not the same.



I have arrived at dusk.



The trip has made me restless.



I cannot sleep.



Water, water everywhere...



and not a drop to drink.



[ Therapist ]

The story-- What is the story ?



- Hello?

- [ Fisher ] I'm a policeman.



I've finally been called

back to Europe to solve a murder case.



- Hello?

- They told me I was able.

That's all I know.



I'm looking up Osborne,



- Hello !

- the only one I want to see again.



I've brought him something

from Egypt.



Where's the stairs?

You've moved the fucking stairs.



[ Therapist ]

You must tell me everything, Mr. Fisher.



What do you see?

Is anyone there?



[ Fisher ]

There's a smell in the moist

corridor like burnt leather.



The housekeeper is leading me on.



She's grown old.



[ Wheezing ]



[ Fisher ]

Good evening.



It's Fisher.



It's been a long time.



[ Wheezing, Coughing ]



Fisher, for Christ's sake.



[ Coughing Continues ]



You really thought

I wouldn't recognize you?



So, tell me about yourself.






You went to Italy.



- Cairo.

- Really?



-Just a minute.

- [ Wind Howling ]



- The wind's picking up.

- Shhh. Shh, shh.



You were wise to go.

Best away.



They treated you badly.



But... Cairo?



How are things at the academy ?



I haven't taught for years.



The teaching was restructured.



That was actually

the word they used.



I suppose I was

restructured too, hmm?



But now I'm quite content.

Did you see anybody out there?



Kramer's found a job for me.



Why not?

You're an able man, Fisher.



Not many left with your training.

Kramer knows.



Yes, I must admit I'm

really looking forward to it.



"The Element of Crime" in Egyptian.



Your paper.

The translation took two years.



Footnotes and everything.

The complete work.



Without asking my permission?



It didn't occur to you that I'd like

to know what happened to my book?



I did.

I wrote you.



- I would remember.

- You replied.



I don't recall that.



My wife died.



I sold all my books and papers.



Eine Kugel kam geflogen,



gilt sie mit order

gilt sie dir ?



Yes, I finally

decided to get married.



She died for me.



[ Fisher ]

I'm sorry.



She could do nothing by halves.



She certainly knew

how to be remembered.



It's the most important

thing-- the family.



I had a wife in Cairo.



Why do men leave their wives?

I cannot understand it.



It's incomprehensible to me.



[ Fisher ]

The city was sanding over.

It was impossible to stay.



She was born there.

She couldn't leave.



I was the last

European to go.



A mixed marriage, hmm?



I find it hard to talk

about these things.



I loved her as much

as I could, and that's all.



It was such an extraordinary

joy for me, Fisher.



The bosom of a family,

cheerful smile--



[ Wind Howling ]



I don't know what to say

about your books.



Hmm. They guided me.



Not just in my police work,

my whole way of thinking.



- [ Tapping ]

- No, no, no, no.



I was furious when they removed

my books from the academy library.



Now I understand.

I wrote fiction. It wasn't science.



What I wrote

was naive, dangerous.



The worst thing that can happen

in the name of science...



is when the system

becomes all-important.



We always looked for

the element of crime in society.



But why not look

in the very nature of man?



So much has happened in Europe.

This book has become dangerous.



[ Phone Ringing ]



Excuse me.



[ Man On Phone ]

Fisher ? Back from the promised land.



I thought I'd find you

at the old man's.



Straight in there, eh?

Now, let's see what you can do, Fisher.



They just found another mutilated body--

a little girl. Somebody's gutted her.



This time down at the harbor.

So chop, chop. Fifteen minutes.



[ Dial Tone ]



[ Water Running ]



I'm sorry.

I had to take my medicine.



It was Kramer for you?

He's a busy man.



[ Stirring Liquid ]



He's very important these days.



[ Fisher's Voice ]

Kramer's nothing.



[ Therapist ]

Is this the job Kramer

has in mind for you?



[ Fisher's Voice ]

It's incredible.



Europe lies dormant..



There's a man with a horse

harnessed to a wagon.



The wagon loaded with apples.

Very peaceful.



[ Girl ]

They found her up in the coal.



They're bringing her down now.



Here comes a candle

to light you to bed.



Here comes a chopper

to chop off your head.



Chip, chop, chip, chop.



The last one's dead.



[ Fisher's ]

Someone is asleep up there.



[ Therapist ]

But, Mr. Fisher, I have to know

more about Kramer.



What did you mean,

he's nothing?



Nobody move ! This is

Chief of Police Kramer speaking.



- Nobody move.

- [ Fisher ]

I know him from the old days.



- [ Indistinct ]

- The police academy.



[ Sirens Wailing ]



He was always a pain...



and now he's chief of police.



Fisher, good of you to turn up.



I see you found

your friend Osborne then.



I didn't see you at headquarters.



Nancy boy.



Funny world, Fisher. You were always

so much more promising than me.



Now I'm chief of police.



Did you know I was the one

who offered Osborne the job,



when he was ditched

from the school ?



I've got the world

by its balls, Fisher.



The short and curlies.



[ Horse Neighing ]



[ Neighing Continues ]



[ Fisher ]

This is the clumsiest

police job I've ever seen.



- Shhh.

- [ Kramer ]

Yeah, all right, Fisher.



Let's say clumsiness

is a principle which we use.



There's a special kind of evil

around. You can feel it.



You've seen the changes




Believe me, Fisher, the same thing

has happened in these people.



You know what the Dive is? A jump from

a height with a rope around the ankle.



They call it a ritual.

I call it crime.



We've got to keep them under.



[ Kramer ]

You've always been a good boy, Fisher.



All work and no play.



You want to understand everything.



Why did you ever try for the force?



I didn't think blood

was in your line.



Your people

have never known joy.



You know what this is?



This is the difference

between you and me.



Look out !



[ Girl Whimpering ]



Have you gone completely mad?



[ Whimpering Continues ]



- Why did you run away?

- I don't know.



There's a girl

been murdered up here.



- I was the one who

told them where to look.

- You're a dreamer, Fisher.



- Did you see who did it?

- No, I just arrived.



Did you know her ?



She shouldn't

have come here tonight.



I tried to tell her.

She was my sister.



We sell lotto.



You don't seem to understand.



Your methods

are old-fashioned and too risky.



Lottery tickets?

Lottery tickets?



We're the ones

who are getting killed.



She knew the risks.

Lotto murders.



Someone's killing

the ticket sellers.



So we stick together.



We always walk

in twos and threes.



He said he'd buy a lot of lotto

if she came alone tonight.



She said it was stupid

to be scared.



- Was there a little figure?

- [ Fisher ] A little figure?



That's his way.

Don't you know ?



- Did you see him when

your sister spoke to him?

- From far away.



- When?

- Yesterday.



- Would you recognize him?

- No.



Can I take

my sister's tickets?






Shouldn't I have been

informed about this?



I decide what happens.

You don't make a move without me.



I'm your boss now, not Osborne.



So don't step

out of line, Fisher.



[ Siren Wailing ]



When a job like this

really hits the mark,



I've been out there

screwing God.



[ Snickering ]



Look at the lights.

It's okay, Fisher.



It's still okay.



[ Fisher ]

I can feel the talisman in my pocket.



It's slippery

in an unpleasant way.



I've never seen a body

mutilated like that.



The Lotto Murders.



[ Therapist ]

Relax, Mr. Fisher.

You're doing fine,just fine.



[ Fisher ]

Really ?




Inspector Fisher.



Can you show me to my office?



- Kramer sent for me.

I want an autopsy.

-Just one?



Please hold the card a little bit higher

so we can stamp it.



[ Laughs, Panting ]



Osborne had me come back.




The great Osborne.



If I've heard about him,

I've already forgotten it.



Just mindin' my own business

when the new sheriff rides into town.



He walks into that saloon,

pulls out his six-shooter,



and he says,

"I'm gonna clean up this mess."



And I believe he will, 'cause he's got

the fastest draw I ever did see.



How did I get involved

with a couple of assholes like you?



That's not even funny.



Take a look at yourself.



[ Fisher ]




I've been longing

for these endless corridors with

nowhere just around the corner.



I don't know why.



I've got some unpacking to do.



The office is familiar.



It used to be Osborne's

in the old days.



There was a videotape

in the machine.



[ Man On TV ]

Please, Mr. Osborne,

hold it a little higher.



Four murders.

A month between each. Talismans.



All the bodies mutilated

in the same obscene manner.



The disfigurements never publicly

revealed. The work of the same man.



I've been feeling old lately.



Chief of Police Kramer has

agreed that we bring in a man...



with the expertise

to handle a case like this.



Does that mean that you

accept the criticism that you're

primarily a man of theory ?



Excuse me. Do you have a comment

on the Dive, Chief Kramer ?



"Dear Osborne,

thanks for the loan.



"We think the pictures are part...



" of tailing report         -JJ...



concerning Harry Grey. "



[ Fisher ]

I'm trying to remember

an easier way to the archives.



There must have been one long ago.



The note in the tube mail

has made me curious to see

what's in this Harry Grey file.



Osborne had something going on.

I want to find out what.



So far, no one's told me

much about anything.



I didn't expect much

from Kramer,



but Osborne

should have said something.



I'm going through the motions

and just drawing blanks.



I can think of things

I'd rather do than attend

the autopsy on the little girl.



[ Therapist ]

But it's part of the routine,

Mr. Fisher, isn't it?



[ Fisher ]

Cairo seems far, far away.



It's a very beautiful corpse.

You can see that.



The corpse is impersonal.



What interests the scientist

is the marks of the murderer.



We are looking at the workings

of a mind, a man's mind.



That's the thrill of it.



[ Fisher ]

Is it a Lotto Murder ?



Oh, yes, no question.



She's cut up

precisely the same way.



Can you not take a rest now?



[ Fisher ]

Could it be an imitation?



[ Doctor ]

If so, it's a good imitation.



There is one thing

about the killings which hasn't

been mentioned in the press.



That death has taken place

before the disfiguring.



What was the cause of death?



Suffocation. Look.



These lottery dealers

are weak persons and--

[ Indistinct Shout ]



and unprotected invalids...



and young women and so on.



This disfiguring--

Was it done with a knife?



Broken bottle.

Does it shock you?



[ Dog Whimpering ]



[ Fisher ]

I've been out of practical

police work for some years.



[ Doctor ]

But you are a professional.

We both are.



Our admiration

is for the criminal, not the victim.



She's gone.

He remains out there,



leaving his little traces,

his own little system.



He cuts

and leaves himself bare.



[ Phone Ringing ]



Where did you get

your training? Auschwitz?



Mr. Fisher, it's

from Osborne's house.



There were those who did.



[ Indistinct ]



[ Woman On Phone ]

Mr. Fisher, you must come at once.



I think something's

happened to Mr. Osborne.



After you left, he told me

not to let anybody in,



- [ Knocking ]

- but just now I heard him

arguing with somebody.



And now he doesn't answer.



[ Gasping ]



Tora, Tora.



[ Gun Splashes ]



[ Gasping ]



I fell. I get

these attacks, you know?



Th-That'll be all.



I don't know how

to explain this, Fisher.



I don't know if you understand

the meaning of a word like "expiation."



I feel I have to pay somehow.

Do you know what I mean?



You don't want to know.



[ Fisher ]

Earlier in the evening,

I was called out to a homicide.



A girl. The case resembled something

you were working on before you retired.



Mom does it.

Dad does it.



- Horses have a try and--

- I think I'll come back tomorrow.



[ Osborne Muttering ]



Who's Harry Grey?



Yes, that's a good question:

Who is Harry Grey?



Harry Grey

doesn't exist anymore,



and the Lotto Murders

are a closed book.



Those murders

were ritualistic,






the fruit of a sick brain,






But they were systematic--




to the last detail.






Now, this is the only

existing picture of H.G.



There were four murders.



It sometimes helps to study...



the geography of a crime,

remember ?



But there was a connection

with a three-year-old tailing report.



A man called Harry Grey,




of subversive activity.



Wrongly, turned out.



I wondered if he'd made preparations

those three years earlier.



You know, groundwork--




for the Lotto Murders.



A field trip.



Oh, bugger.



I used the old methods..



I lay in ambush

and waited for him.



He must have known.



He tried to escape in his car.



I followed.

He drove fast.



In spite of the wet

and the dark, surprisingly well.



Went into a slide.

Came off the road.



He hit a concrete pillar.



He died in the flames.



It was as if

he wanted it like that.



I couldn't help him.



Just one question.



Who's this picture

supposed to convince?



Me or you?



These talismans have been

seen all over the papers.



Anybody could make one like it.



This is the route according

to the three-year-old tailing report.



These are the four sites

of the murders.



Halberstadt, Friedingen,

Oberdorf and Neukalkau.



As you see, the corners

of a perfect square.



Four murders with approximately

one month between them.



Grey is dead

and his work completed.



A nice little

geometric puzzle.



- Past and present.

- No, Osborne. That's not good enough.



You deport a man...



for    years...



in the sand.



You bring him back to Europe...



where something

apparently has gone wrong.



He looks up his old teacher,



a teacher who has

unfortunately gone mad.



You asked me

who Harry Grey was.



I told you,

Harry Grey is dead.



I don't rule out--



This able-bodied man...



gets work

with the police force.



The only thing is,

there's no police force.



The old teacher

has been threatened.



He's like a dog.

He's scared.



Changes the facts

to cover for a criminal.



Furthermore, he advocates

the brilliant theories of his youth.



That's treason.

That's worse.



I can see you're scared.



You're being threatened.

Where's the tailing report?



Crime today is like

a chemical reaction.



It can only happen

in the right environment.



Intelligence and sensitivity

must be affected out there.



Don't talk to me in those bloody

clichés ! The academy days are over.



[ Fisher ]

I found this girl cut up

in Innenstadt harbor.



Innenstadt is on the square too, right

here in the middle. Grey is alive.



[ Osborne ]

So don't tell me.



If the square describes a closed figure,

this must be an opening.



Very touching.



You're happy now, aren't you?



But... take care, Fisher.



Police work has become so much more

dangerous now than it was in your day.



I know I'm a silly old bugger.



For Christ's sake, you'll do

what you think is right anyway.



[ Fisher ]

We never quarrelled before.



[ Woman ]

He really cares for you, Mr. Fisher.



I know.



He's so scared...



even of the smallest things--



the house and the dark.



He never rests.



He just walks around

up there. Listen.



[ Footsteps ]



Is it always as dark as this

this time of year ?



There are no seasons anymore.



The last three summers

haven't been summers.



The weather changes all the time.



It never alters.



Would he hurt himself?



This morning he asked me to burn

all his books and papers.



Tell me about his wife.



They were married a few years

before she died, right?



Did he say that?



Suddenly, when he came back

a month ago, he was married.



She stayed a week.



She isn't dead.

She just left.



[ Woman ]

Have you seen the child?



It's hers from a previous

marriage. She left it.



How can anybody do that?






There, there now.



Now, now, shhh.






[ Humming ]



[ Baby Talk ]



[ Humming Continues ]



[ Therapist ]

Talk to me, Mr. Fisher.



[ Fisher ]

I've found the missing tailing report.



Harry Grey has been here

to frighten Osborne,



to destroy any

information on him.



Osborne was getting too close.



I owe it to him

to go on with this.



[ Therapist ]

How can this tailing report help you?



It's a surveillance report

on an innocent little trip...



that Harry Grey took

years before the Lotto Murders.



[ Fisher ] If you'd read

"The Element of Crime, " you'd know.



[ Commotion On TV ]



[ Man On TV ]

Let Osborne speak.



[ Jeers, Booing ]



Let the man speak !



Remember, gentlemen,

we are Europeans.



"The Element of Crime" sets out

a series of mental exercises...



designed to improve our understanding of

the behavioral pattern of the criminal.



[ Man On TV ]

Understanding? Don't you know

what's going on out there?



[ Osborne On TV ]

Next question.



"The Element of Crime"

is a method...



based on the reconstruction

of a known part of a criminal's life.



It is, if you like, a psychological

identification that enables a policeman,



through his own mind,

to work his way into the unknown

activities of the criminal--



to work his way

into the crime in question.



[ Man On TV ]

That's a dangerous way

of reaching understanding.



[ Osborne On TV ]

We always run the risk

of being corrupted.



The morality of the police

is no different from that of society.



[ Man On TV ]

You claim that crime can only

arise in a specific element.



- [ Osborne On TV ]

Yes. Next question.

- [ Man ] Metaphysics !



I never claimed that the method

had been completely developed.



[ Osborne ]

What am I doing here?



[ Man Singing In Arabic ]



[ Phone Ringing ]



[ Woman ]

If you leave now,

you will never come back.



[ Singing Continues ]



[ Phone Ringing ]



- Hello?

- [ Man On Phone ] Osborne?



- We can open the locker now.

- Hello?



This is the Hotel Schatz

in Halberstadt.



I've been thinking--

If you really think it's important--



What locker ?



Harry Grey's locker.

Isn't this Mr. Osborne?



[ Man On TV ]

Why don't you defend yourself, Osborne?



I'm on my way.



[ Commotion On TV ]



[ Car Engine Starts ]



[ Fisher ]

I am no on my way,

chasing a man... Harry Grey.



I'm carrying the tailing report

like a recipe book...



listing all the ingredients

needed to make Harry Grey.



I know everything he did on his

field trip three years ago.



[ Tires Screeching ]



[ Sheep Bleating ]



I'm on my way...

to Halberstadt--



- [ Horn Honking ]

- to the locker.



[ Therapist ]

Were you asleep when

the telephone rang, Mr. Fisher ?



[ Fisher ]

I wouldn't call it sleep.

I wouldn't call it sleep.



- You're not Osborne.

- Will you open the locker ?



Are you from the police too?



It's a very nice hotel.



We have cola.



If you like yellow girls,

I can get you yellow girls.



The locker.



Is this connected

with the Lotto Murders?



They found the body

behind Frau Gerda's house.



Where did you get that from?



The tourists are crazy about them.



When they've seen

the site of the murder,



they want something

to take home with them.



What can you tell me

about Harry Grey ?



He was a nice man.

He tipped the maid.



He had a car.

We never had no trouble with Mr. Grey.



He only stayed here

a short time.






So many tourists come here.

I can't remember them all.



Let's get one thing straight.



Not many tourists come here.

This is a dump.



"This is a dump" ?



[ Fisher ]

Halberstadt is everything

I thought it would be,



[ Fisher ]

Halberstadt is everything

I thought it would be,



only worse.



The place has

three attractions.:



the Hotel Schatz,



the site of the Lotto Murder...



and Frau Gerda's whorehouse.



[ Wind Howling ]



[ Bell Clanging ]



[ Woman Speaking German ]



Can we offer you

anything to eat, mister ?



Did you feel the sheets?



It's not a dry wind.



This is the cow

with the crumpled horn...



that tossed the dog

that worried the cat...



that killed the rat

that ate the mold...



that lay in the house

that Jack built.



This is the maiden

all forlorn...



that milked the cow

with crumpled horn...



that tossed the dog

that worried the cat...



that killed the rat

that ate the mold...



that lay in the house

that Jack built.



This is the maiden all forlorn that

milked the cow with the crumpled horn...



that tossed the dog

that worried the cat...



that killed the rat

that ate the mold--



What is your name?



You can call me Harry.



My name's Kim.

What do you see, Harry?



A line of washing

left out to dry.



It never dries.

She brings it in wet.



Do you like Halberstadt?



I'd rather live

in a hole in the ground.



I hate Halberstadt.



Do you want me now?



They say that people

living in Innenstadt are evil.



I'm gonna fuck you

back to the Stone Age.



Harry came to Halberstadt

and stayed with Kim...



die halbe Nacht.



[ Moaning ]



[ Sloshing ]



[ Fisher ]

Kim was gone when I woke up

at Frau Gerda's.



I couldn't have slept

more than a few minutes.



I took the ferry

on my way to Friedingen,



and suddenly she's here again,,

standing by the side of the road.



She looks wet.



So this is the Stone Age.



Are you going to Innenstadt?



Not right away.

I'm going to Friedingen.



Where did you go?



I'd like to come with you.



You're a cop, aren't you?



[ Grunting, Moaning ]



[ Fisher ]

Do you believe me?



That I'm in the middle of Europe

screwing a Volkswagen     ?



[ Therapist ]

I believe you.



I thought I remembered you, Mr. Grey.



You still owe us for two nights

and the medicine.



Put it on my bill.



Same room as last?

It's a single.



What medicine?



Salycin. Quite a lot.

For headaches.



When you were here last,



you turned on the stairs and said,



"My face is a city."



What did you mean by that?

What city?



My face or your face?



What are you talking about?



My face or your face?

What city?



What city?



Why did you write "Harry Grey" ?



Is that your name?



[ Therapist ]

Yes, why did you write "Harry Grey"?



[ Fisher ]

This is the next step

in Osborne's method.



The tailing report tells me

that Harry Grey was here.



Maybe he's the one

who chipped the sink.



I like this room.

It's a nice room.



It's a room full of--






- What are you doing?

- Mapping out a route.






No, thanks.



I think you should have some.



[ Kim ]

I couldn't stay in Halberstadt.



It's always  .:   in the morning.

Do you know what I mean?



[ Fisher ]

I believe in joy.



You want me to say that again?

I believe in joy.



[ Kim ]

I want to show you something.



[ Therapist ]

What is it you want to show me?



[ Fisher ]

Kim's taking me for a ride.



[ Therapist Chuckles ]

Down the drain...



into the tunnel of love.



[ Kim ]

They're all right for screwing,



but you feel terrible afterwards.






You and your wife--

What happened?



We got sanded over.



And you just left?



I remember a little

tattoo, blue star.






Above her right breast.



- Did you like it?

- No.



Maybe I did.



I remember...

we were together.



People move on.

You have to survive.



No. No.



[ Fisher ]

We're having sex.



Kim's drug works.

I feel fine.



[ Therapist ]

But this isn't what you are after.



Let me get one thing clear.



You're trying to reconstruct

Harry Grey's headaches...



by means of the side effects

of these pills.



[ Fisher ]

I need something to work on.



[ Kim ]

Don't move.



[ Groaning ]



[ Groaning Continues ]



[ Dog Whimpering ]



I told you, lie still.









I said I wouldn't

be home right away.



Okay. Now I want you

to do something.



I want you to arrive on the bus.



I mean it.



[ Fisher ]

At this point three years ago,



Harry Grey's mistress arrived

to accompany him on his journey.



[ Therapist ]

But three years ago, the buses

were running, weren't they ?



Are you sure

this is police work?



[ Fisher ]

I'm sure that on the trip

covered in the tailing report...



Harry Grey was planning

the Lotto Murders...



even though it might appear

quite innocent to you.



Harry Grey.



I've waited half an hour for you.

The bus is late.



You're looking forward

to being with me again.



You've asked the driver

to drop you off at Friedingen.



You are in your summer clothes,

but it's still stifling.



The bus is crowded,

and the windows won't open.



Last time we were together,

we had a little quarrel.



But you're sure everything

will be okay now.



There's a dog

somewhere on the bus.



[ Dog Whimpering ]



[ Bus Driver ]

Next stop, Friedingen.



[ Chattering, Traffic Noises ]



- Aren't you glad to see me?

- You know I like to see you.



"You know I like

to see you, Harry."



You know I like

to see you, Harry.



Do you like me a little now?



[ Therapist ]

Who's following you, Mr. Fisher ?



You should try

to sleep a little.



[ Fisher ]

But I can't sleep.



[ Kim ]

It's all those pills. Try counting.



[ Fisher ]

One, two,



three, four,



-[ Kim Singing, Indistinct ]

- five, six--



- [ Continues Counting ]

- [ Therapist ]

Mr. Fisher, where are you?



[ Fisher ]

Europe. It must be.



ten, eleven, twelve...



thirteen, fourteen, fifteen--



- [ Counting Continues ]

- [ Therapist ]

Do you wish to continue?



[ Fisher ]

I have to.



[ Therapist ]

How do you picture Harry Grey ?



[ Fisher ]

How do you picture a man

who's killing little girls...



and cutting them up

with broken bottles?



Twenty five, twenty six--



But it doesn't help.



Thirty three, thirty four,



thirty five, thirty six,



thirty seven, thirty eight,



thirty nine, forty,



-[ Bell Chiming ]

- forty one, forty two,



forty three--



- I don't understand it.

- What?



What was Harry Grey

doing in Dritten Marsk?



I don't care.



One murder per month.

That means we're missing one.



Come on, we're

going for a drive.



[ Car Passing ]



[ Therapist ]

It sounds like you're on to something.



En route, Mr. Fisher.

En route !



[ Fisher ]

En route, you bastard !



[ Knocking ]



Is the library open?



Do you realize

what time it is?



I want to see all the newspapers

from the last two months.



Books and bother

killed my mother.



Books and bother

killed my mother.



And my father too.



[ Fisher ]

There's no mention in the papers

of a lotto murder in Dritten Marsk.



But what if the body

had never been found?



Well, I've just found a grave--

foot and mouth.



It looks like I'll need

Kramer's men after all.



[ Fisher ]

Damn it, H.G., damn it.



[ Kramer On Radio ]

Damn it, Fisher, damn it !



Okay, we're going in.



[ Kramer On Radio ]

What the hell's going on here?



[ Man ]

Let go !



[ Kramer On Radio ]

Damn it ! Damn it !



Damn it ! Who's in charge

of this operation?



Ah, you feel good now, Fisher.



You don't give a fuck

for anything I say.



I hope you choke yourself

in this shit.



Who's in charge

of this operation?



[ Gagging ]



This is Kramer.

I'm taking over.



I want this hole

emptied and sifted,



every last bit.



[ Kramer On Megaphone ]

You're trying to get one up, Fisher.



I've read my Osborne too.

Did you know that?



But I'm the one

who knows what's what.



The girls on the square

were naughty and fair.



Mostly Marie, mostly Marie.



So you got yourself

a China doll, Fisher ?



You fuck 'em in the ass.



[ Helicopters Hovering,

Chattering Continues ]



Harry Grey would never hide a body.



[ Fisher ]

The dead lotto girl

was there, all right.



But Harry Grey doesn't kill

to hide a body.



The murder is for the sake

of a pattern.



Someone else

must have hidden her.



Do you believe in good and bad?



Can you make the bad good again?



[ Therapist ]

Do you believe in good and bad?



Come, come, Mr. Fisher.

Did she really say that?



We're closing in on Harry.

I can feel it.



I want you to screw God into me.



I'm Kim, and you're Harry.



Your wife is in Cairo

with a little blue star on her breast.



I'll get God in there

as fast as I can.



[ Kim ]




[ Helicopter Approaching ]



[ Kim ]

But He'll only stay until I get up.



[ Fisher ]

I don't care about Kramer anymore.



I'm proving that Osborne's

method still works.



It feels good.



Do you have to leave?



Harry hunts alone tonight.



What's the matter ?



I got scared.

I'm all right now.



[ Fisher ]

Harry is going places.



[ Therapist ]

You're drifting.



[ Fisher ]

If I'm drifting, so was

Harry Grey at this point.



I'm only doing what

the tailing report tells me to.



[ Therapist ]

It doesn't seem connected

to the story, Mr. Fisher.



He's out there somewhere.

He'll show up.



First part, the body.

Second part, the soul.



[ Therapist ]

You're drifting, Mr. Fisher.

Take care.



[ Fisher ]

I'm so close to him.



He's right here... somewhere.



[ Leaves Rustle, Wings Flapping ]



[ Fisher Whispering ]

Harry me, marry me, bury me.



Bind me.



[ Wood Snaps ]



[ Wood Snaps ]



Okay, H.G.



[ Therapist ]

What are you doing, Mr. Fisher ?



[ Fisher ]

I honestly don't know anymore.



[ Therapist ]

But you are overlooking that

someone made the third cross.



[ Fisher ]

That's right.

The third cross I do not see.



[ Fisher ]

Kim? Kim?



[ Coughs, Gasps ]



What sort of a house is this?



[ Kim ]

Can't you see somebody

wants to scare you?



What happened?



Somebody was standing behind

the door when I came in.



I didn't see him.



This is not a game.

You'll get killed.



I found how to close

the system.



You are not Harry Grey.

You're Fisher.



[ Man Muttering ]



And the monarch

thwarts dominion.



It stood there.



Never seraph spread opinion

over fabric half so fair.



This is Halle.



If we take the harbor

in Innenstadt as the center,



take the first four murders...



and duplicate them,

we get two points:



Dritten Marsk...






We don't just have

a geometrical figure,



but a letter.



If the system is going

to be closed like this,



he will commit his seventh

and last murder in Halle...



in ten to fifteen days.



Does that mean we can stop now

you've found what you wanted?



But the motive?

The mind?



Mad men don't have motives.



I need to know everything.

It's my work.



It's not your work.

Why can't you leave him to Kramer ?



Kramer and his men

will get him in Halle.



That's the difference

between Kramer and me.



I cannot stop until I understand.

I owe it to Osborne.



You understand less and less.



I must do it according to the book.

I can't stop now.



You leave me behind, Harry.



[ Therapist ]

I'm afraid you leave me

behind too, Harry.



[ Quiet Groaning ]



[ Kim ]

I must go. Shhh.






[ Groaning Continues ]



Try a little salycin.



It's no good.

Who were you talking to?



What do you mean?




[ Panting ]



The string, the string.






Tighter, tighter.



[ Thunder Rumbling ]



[ Groaning Continues ]



Why do you keep

torturing yourself?



I have to.

I believe in joy.



[ Groaning Intensifies ]



[ Screaming ]



I believe in joy !



[ Therapist ]

It's not your headache, Mr. Fisher.



Days go on and on

with no change.



Hey, schmuck of ages,

the sabbath's over.



My name's Harry Grey.

Have I been here before?



- No.

- Check the book.



Check the book.



- You were here two months ago.

- Not me.



- Harry Grey.

- Three years ago.



Hello? Fraulein?



[ Man Muttering ]



You had double room  .



I'll take that again.



- But we don't want any mess this time.

- What are you talking about?



Maybe I should say it to the missus.



You know, this might not be the Savoy,

but we do try to keep the rooms clean.






[ Traffic Noise ]



I want to show you something.






Harry came to Halberstadt...



and stayed with Kim

die halbe Nacht.



[ Whistling ]



If you could only see yourself.



I didn't know

you would take it like that.



Look what I got made.



This is not the first time

you've stayed in this hotel, is it?



What do you mean?



What did Harry Grey feel

about the blood when you screwed?



I don't know

what you're talking about.



[ Groans ]

Whore !



[ Gasps, Panting ]



You're sick ! Oh, no !



No ! Oh !



[ Screaming ]



Is that your friend out there?



Relax, for Christ's sake.

Relax !



You're trying to drive me mad,

scare me. It's a plot.



- What is it you want to know?

- Everything.



Did you talk about the Lotto Murders

when you fucked?



Was he religious?

Did he take sugar in his coffee?



I have a child with Harry Grey.



[ Horn Honking ]



[ Fisher ]

The blood made me think.



It's something I should have

realized long ago.



By following the same route as H.G.,

I ran into the same girl.



Kim had been with Harry Grey.



I'm getting rid of the pills,



getting rid of Harry Grey for good.



It's not my headache.



I've made up my mind.

I can't stay.



My Cairo jacket is too thin

for this climate.



It seems Europe

will never let me rest.



Too tired right now

even to wonder what happened.



Discipline is a prerequisite.



Discipline is a prerequisite.



I would describe the development

as a growing hunger,



an insatiable appetite

for the hunted.



The criminologist

can afford no weakness.



He must remain untouched,

detached, clinical, objective.



To do otherwise would be

to misuse my method.



[ Therapist ]

So that's all, Mr. Fisher ?

That's your story ?



Yes, that's all.



[ Bell Rings ]



[ Fisher Reading ]

"Dear Mr. Fisher,



"We're contacting you

on the recommendation of Mr. Osborne.



"Our granddaughter sells lotto.



"Mr. Osborne was afraid

she might be contacted...



by a certain Mr. Grey

here in Halle. "



[ Man ]

Got you, Sheriff.



[ Therapist ]

So Cairo will have to wait.



[ Man ]

He wanted to meet her alone tonight.



Of course we told the police

straight away.



We want to help.



We had a lot of respect

for Inspector Osborne.



Nothing can happen.

All the police will be there.



[ Therapist ]

What's the plan?



[ Fisher ]

Harry Grey is meeting

the lotto girl tonight.



I'll be there.

Now I've got him.



[ Thunder Rumbling ]



[ Girl ]

Where are the other policemen?



We can manage. The other police'll

make a mess of things.



Have you heard of Kramer ?



Kramer must not come.



[ Glass Clattering ]



I've got something to show you.



[ Thunder Continues ]



Push me.



[ Fisher ]

We don't have very much time.



Yes, we do.



[ Thunder Continues ]



Is he here now?



I'm scared.



[ Doll Squeaks ]



[ Thunder Continues ]



Are you ill ?



[ Glass Shatters ]



[ Crying ]



[ Doll Squeaks ]



[ Crying Continues ]



[ Girl Screaming ]



[ Screaming Continues ]



[ Gasping ]




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