Maigret Sets A Trap

Synopsis: Over a five month period in 1955 four women are stabbed to death in Montmartre after dark, a prostitute and a midwife among them - women with nothing in common beyond being brunette. Justice minister Morel leans on chief Inspector Maigret to catch the murderer and Maigret sets a trap, using policewoman Marthe Jusserard as a decoy. She survives an attack, sartorial evidence leading to married mother's boy Marcel Moncin, whom Maigret arrests. However whilst Moncin is in custody there is a further murder and Maigret looks to Moncin's family to help solve the murders.
87 min

Just look at that.

We've always got house-to-house...


How is she?

She's still got the fever.

She's not gonna sleep, Dennis,

unless I get her something.

I'll go.

No. I know what to get.

I'll go to the pharmacy

once I put the children to bed.

Shh, ssh, it's all right.

Chief Inspector

Maigret's office...

# Bleary-eyed

# Still I get no place with you...

# ..even though we're gonna have

a good time...

It's another three

streets away yet.


Come in.

Who found her, Lognon?

A showgirl.

Michelle...something or other.

On her way to her club.

Didn't see anyone.

Is it the same?

Yes, Chief. No robbery.

No sexual assault?

No, Maigret. It's your man again.

Two stab wounds. One to the back

of the neck, one to the chest.

But the neck alone

would have killed her.

He's cut her clothing like before.

What I don't understand, Maigret, is

why your man doesn't use a stiletto

or a butcher's knife.

The shape and depth of these wounds

we're seeing, it's like a penknife.

Or something like it.

Has the family been informed?

No. But I'll do it.

It's my district, Maigret.

No, it should be me.

I said it should be me who should go

because of the attacks.

Why don't you sit down?

I don't want to sit down!

It's all right, it's all right.

Can I see her?

Is there someone who can look after

the children?

Where were you?

If this investigation

had been left to the 18th,

we'd have made more progress

than this.

Well, here's the Chief now.

Why don't you talk to him yourself?

Janvier, take me to the showgirl

who found the body.

We normally walk to and from

the club together now.

All the girls talk about

is the killings.

Except tonight I was on my own.

Do you always walk home that way?

Michelle, I know it's hard...

..but what did you see, what did you

hear as you walked down that street?

Tell me everything.

Was there a smell in the air,

like an aftershave or something?

If I'd been earlier, it would have

been me, wouldn't it?

Get a taxi home

when you finish work.

But this is only enough

for one night, isn't it?

What about the other nights?

What about the other girls?

Are you gonna pay for them, too?

Is there another victim,


What's their name?

Was it the same killer as before?

What can you tell us?

Who's the victim, Maigret?

The victim's name

was Georgette Lecoin.

She was a housewife from Montmartre.

She leaves a husband

and four young children.

Over here, Chief Inspector!

Was it your man?

We believe it's the same person

who killed before.

So that's five, Maigret.


We want all witness statements within 30 minutes.

Who's still out there?

Lucas. Torrence.

Have we got anything?

Well, let's find something.

Chief, there's been a message

from Comeliau.

You're to meet the Minister of

Interior at nine o'clock tomorrow.

February the 2nd, a prostitute,

Arlette Dutoir.

17th of April, 8.15 in the evening,

a 43-year-old midwife

who had just delivered a baby

at the top of the Butte.

20th of June. Monique Juteaux, 24,

a dressmaker.

26th of July, post office clerk,

same stabs in the back,

same ripped clothes.

Now last night.

As examining magistrate, Comeliau,

I want you to explain why,

despite the resources

made available to you,

the women of Paris are still living

with the threat of this man.

And why the Police judiciaire

are no closer to catching him

than they were on the morning

of...the 2nd of February.

Minister Morel, Maigret has his best

men working full time on this job.

His methods are meticulous and

I have every confidence - What ARE

your methods, Chief Inspector?

I need to understand what attracts

this man to these women at this time.

The whole of Paris has theories as

to why he's attracted to these women

at this time!

And the Cabinet is full of theories

about what should be done -

from establishing a curfew

to rounding up every immigrant

and undesirable in Montmartre

and interrogating them with impunity

until someone squeals.

This city has seen enough Gestapo

tactics in my lifetime.

It's not something I want to see

again...let alone authorise.

With repeat murders,

the killer is usually attracted

to the same kind of victim.

But these women are not similar

in age or profession.

Nor are they connected with each

other through church or background.

Their only link is that they were

walking through Montmartre

after dark.

And that they had dark hair.

He leaves no witnesses.

He makes no mistakes.

Maigret, tell me what I should say

to my Cabinet colleagues,

as to why Cameliau has not replaced

you after five months on this case!

Police work can take time, sir.

This time is taking lives,

Chief Inspector.

I am very aware of that.

It is taking reputations.

It's taking mine.

And it is taking yours.

I'm sorry to intrude but I thought

I should return this.

Thank you.

Is there any news?

There's no news.

Would you mind holding her, please?

Thank you.

Will you sit down?

You can join us if you like., thank you.

Do you know when our mummy's

coming home?

Will you tell me about your mummy?

The fifth victim of

the killer who has been terrorising

the 12th arrondisement since June,

has been named by the police

as Georgette Lecoin,

a mother of four young children.

She also leaves a 30-year-old

husband named Dennis Lecoin.

It is understood from neighbours

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Stewart Harcourt

Stewart Harcourt is a British screenwriter and showrunner. He has created, written, and executive produced the series Maigret (ITV, 2016), Agatha Raisin (Sky, 2016), Love and Marriage (ITV, 2013), Jericho (ITV, 2005) and Hearts and Bones (BBC, 2000-2001). He has written screenplays for Agatha Christie's shows Poirot and Marple, and also adapted the novels Treasure Island for Sky, Dracula for BBC, and Churchill's Secret for ITV. more…

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