The Chestnut Man (2021) s01e01 Episode Script

Episode 1

Marius, reports are coming in that Ørum's cows have run off again.
Can't you call him? Over.
No one's answering the phone.
I'll call your wife and tell her you're running late.
It's fine, Jytte.
I'll stop by Ørum's.
Over and out.
LIVER PATE CHEESE POLICE ISLAND OF MØN, 1987 Ørum? Ørum? Ørum? Your cows are on the loose again.
Ørum? Come on.
Quiet! Ørum? Hello? Oh, my God.
God damn it.
It's Marius.
Police! Hello? Hey.
Oh… Hi… Hi.
Wait! Emergency services.
It's me.
I need an ambulance to Ørum's farm right now.
- What's happened? - I have three dead people.
- No! - And a badly injured boy.
He's still breathing.
- Is it the older boy? - No, it's not him.
- It's the youngest of the boys.
- Okay.
- One of the two foster children.
- What about the other foster child? The girl? I don't think she's in here.
- Send everything you've got! And fast.
- Yeah.
- And start looking for Ørum.
- Get out of the house, Marius! Police.
Hello? There.
Easy, now.
There you go.
There you go.
Don't be afraid.
I'm from the police.
My name is Marius, and I'm here to help you.
You're Astrid, right? Right.
- Ah.
You have to leave now.
- Yeah.
Yeah, yeah.
Hey! See you.
- What do you want on the other? - Slices of chocolate.
We agreed that we should eat healthier food, right? We'll start tomorrow.
- Did you pack your schoolbag? - Yes.
- Mm? - And don't forget the carrot.
Le, please get ready, okay? The teachers get so angry when we're late.
- I have to hand in my family tree today.
- Yeah? And you didn't help me.
- Grandpa said you were all done.
- The leaves are missing.
Well, you should have thought of that.
Let's go.
Remember, look both ways when you cross the road after school.
- My family tree is boring.
- No, it's great.
Stop it.
Hassan has many more pictures on his.
I only have you and Grandpa.
- And Grandpa's not even my real grandpa.
- If you count Bunny and Birdie, it's five.
- The others don't have animals on theirs.
- Only because they're not as lucky as you.
What about Sebastian? - What about him? - I know he sleeps at our house sometimes.
Even if you think I don't.
Right, but we're not together.
You know what? Then we'll invite him for dinner if you think that'd be nice.
- Can I add him to my family tree? - No.
Hurry inside.
Come on.
Grandpa will pick you up later.
And soon, it'll be me picking you up every day.
- Okay.
Bye! - Bye! Today is the first Tuesday of October, thus, the Parliament's opening day.
The principle character today will neither be the Queen nor the prime minister, but most likely the minister of social affairs, Rosa Hartung.
She's returning to office after she last year lost her daughter in a tragic event, namely the savage murder… …that held Denmark's attention.
The case entailed a thorough report on security regarding preventive custody… - Moron.
- …since the perpetrator had been previously penalized… - and already… - I have a meeting with Nylander.
- He's already in a meeting.
- Oh, you can't be serious.
- Mm.
- He canceled our last two meetings.
I'm afraid I can't do anything.
Yeah, but… - Nylander! - We were promised more resources.
- You've been assigned another resource.
- The guy Europol don't want? - Seriously? - Do you have a minute? - No, I don't have time now.
- Yes, he has.
It's fine.
- We're done.
- No, we're My department solved the Hartung case.
- And we were promised more resources.
- Mm-hm.
If that money is allocated elsewhere, the commissioner will read about it in the press.
- You can tell him that.
- We'll talk about it later.
Good morning.
Whatever this is about, it'll have to wait until next week.
Okay, but I've decided to apply for cyber crime.
Why'd you do that? Well, because they have an opening that I'd like to apply for.
- Is this about working hours, Thulin? - No.
We can discuss that.
Or is it something else? - Huh? - No, no, there's… You're a great detective.
I want you in my department.
Why would you want to work with the IT nerds from nine to five and rot away? I've made my decision.
I would really appreciate if you could give me a reference.
Ah… We'll have to see.
It won't be now.
Take this in the meantime.
A dead woman in Husum.
And take Hess.
- Hess? - Yes.
The guy Europol offloaded on us till they decide what to do with him.
Get going.
Genz is already there.
He's waiting.
Get going.
Cyber crime? Seriously, Thulin? But at the Parliament's buildings, the flags are raised.
As usual, it's a special day when Parliament reconvenes on the first Tuesday in October.
Shortly, the staircase behind me will be packed with journalists and photographers, and then all the ministers and MEPs will start to arrive.
But today is also very different, too.
Today, there is one person in particular that everyone is waiting to see.
That is, of course, minister of social affairs, Rosa Hartung.
Rosa Hartung is back at her ministry following the death last year of her 12-year-old daughter, who was abducted and killed by the perpetrator Linus Bekker.
- Last spring… - Vogel speaking.
Hi, it's Liv.
I wanted to let you know everything is ready for her arrival.
I've made sure there's plenty of her favorite coffee.
Sounds good, Liv.
- Uh, when will you be here? - I'll call you from the car, okay? You haven't left yet? No.
It's okay.
It's just dragging on a bit here.
I'll call you.
Uh, is the minister all right? Rosa? Darling? They're here.
They're waiting outside.
Rosa? Have you eaten? Are you ready? We'll go when Mom's left.
I'll go on my bike.
I'll give you a lift.
Everyone else bikes.
We'll do what we usually do.
Where's Mom? I don't know.
Rosa? The car's waiting.
Vogel is here.
I can't remember her smell anymore.
It's gone.
Steen, I… I don't know if I… You can do it.
She would have been proud of you.
Right? Come on.
- When do you finish today? - I'll pick up Gustav.
- One day at a time.
- Exactly.
We'll take one day at a time.
- Morning, Frederik.
- Morning.
- Meet our new driver.
- Yes.
- Hello.
- Hi.
- Rosa.
- Jacob Rasouli.
- Please.
- Thank you.
Dad! Let's go! How long are you here for? Uh, just a couple of days, I think.
So you're based in The Hague? Uh, no, I move around a bit.
I'm part of a task force in Amsterdam, Lisbon, Marseilles, - Paris, Budapest, various places.
- Mm.
- How long have you been posted? - For five years.
- Five years? - I'll just borrow this.
Most liaison officers are only posted for two years, right? Uh, okay.
Would it be okay with you if I head off at some point? - Uh, what do you mean? - I need to sort out some things.
Sure, you do that.
Hey, could you pull over here? I'd like a cup of coffee.
- Okay, we'll get that on the way back.
- Right.
Hey, uh, I'm just gonna call my partner.
I'll ask them about security.
Yeah, please take a step back.
The victim is Laura Kjær, aged 37.
Worked as a dental nurse in central Copenhagen.
It would appear she had gone to bed and was caught off guard.
The door to the basement has been forced open.
Her ten-year-old slept in their room upstairs, and awoke to an empty house.
He got dressed, made breakfast for himself and waited for his mother.
When she didn't turn up, he went next door.
The neighbors went back to the house, found it empty and heard a dog barking in the playground.
She found the victim and called us.
The neighbor also informed us that the victim and the boy went to the playground almost every day.
The dad died of cancer a couple of years ago.
That's the new partner in the photos.
Hans Henrik Hauge.
He's at an IT conference in Roskilde.
- He's been informed.
He's on his way.
- Any witnesses? Not yet, but we're asking around the neighborhood.
- What about the boy? - He's with the neighbor.
- Did he see or hear anything? - I don't believe so.
We tried talking to him, but he seems a bit slow.
He didn't say anything.
He's being assessed for a diagnosis.
APPOINTMEN ASSESSMENT & DIAGNOSIS - Do you wanna talk to him? - No, I'll do that later.
Just make sure he's okay.
- Anything stolen? - Not that we can see.
Hey, Genz.
- Hi.
- How fat have you got? Not far.
Due to the rain.
Can you say anything about the ime? The rain started at around midnight.
My guess is it happened around that time.
Unfortunately, there are no signs of footprints in the ground, They would have been washed away.
Do you want to see her? There are barely any signs of struggle in the house, and her feet are clean.
My guess is that she was sedated in the house and then carried out here.
Judging from the lesions, she woke up out here and tried to defend herself.
- Right up to the point of amputation.
- Amputation? There.
It's a bit unusual.
That's why I suggested it should be you.
Freight trains often run here at night, and the neighbors live some distance away, That would explain why no one heard anything.
- Did you find it? - The hand? - Mmm.
- No, not yet.
Could it be a dog? - That took the hand? - Excuse me, who's that guy? Genz, this is Hess.
He's with us for a couple of days.
Genz is the head of forensics.
- Hi, welcome.
- Thanks.
I suppose it could've been a dog.
- I'm afraid that's all we have now.
- What's that? A chestnut man.
Wanna question him too? Bring it along just in case.
First is a chat with the other ministers over breakfast… …a service at the palace chapel, and then the opening itself.
Rosa? Rosa? I'd like to meet with Liv and the others first.
- We'll do that before the opening.
- Hm.
And afterwards, you wanted the first meeting to be with Bukke? - Uh, Jacob, we'll take the back entrance.
- No, no, that's fine.
Let's stop here.
We might as well rip the Band-Aid off.
Welcome back.
Would you say you'll do it again? - Rosa! How does… - Thank you.
…innocence claims… Are you and Steen… Is your husband with you today? What about Steen? As you all know, this past year has been difficult.
And, uh… my family and I are very grateful for all the support we have received.
But now, it's time to look forward.
And I am very pleased with the trust the prime minister has shown me, which means that I can fight for what's important to me, social work and children's rights.
That's my focus now.
I hope everyone will respect that.
Thank you.
Let me take your coat.
And I'll make some coffee, and then we can get started.
Thanks, Liv.
They keep coming.
There's a card from the prime minister as well.
You're expected later on this afernoon.
It'll be good to get started.
We've had the walls painted, and the pictures in the corner haven't been hung yet.
But they will be, of course, if you wish.
The most important thing now is to prepare the meetings this afternoon.
My work email was down when I checked earlier.
It still is.
But the head of department is looking into it.
Engells? Why is he looking at my mails? I think he'd rather tell you that himself.
I'll go make that coffee.
Liv? Hey, what's going on? You received so many nice emails.
I don't understand how anyone could write something like that.
Write what? I gathered from Engells that there was a threat.
To do with your daughter.
Kragh, get the names of the kids at the playground, and check the local dog walkers as well.
- We should move forward as planned.
- Sure.
When you look for the murder weapon in the gardens, check all the bins.
Yeah, I don't know what to expect… Astrup, check the family computers, iPads, - mobile phones, please.
- Yes.
Okay, I'm back.
I had another call.
- What's up? What can I do? - I don't know.
What can you do? You need to let me in! - Let me the fuck in! - Whoa, whoa.
Stand back.
I need to talk to Magnus! How long have you known Laura? Hans Henrik? What are they doing in the garage? - They say she was found in the playground? - Let's not talk about that now.
You need to answer my questions.
How long have you known Laura? - For about a year.
- Okay.
- I moved in shortly after the new year.
- Where did you meet? Online.
Um… I saw her profile and sent her a mail.
When was the last time you saw her? - Yesterday morning.
- Okay.
Before going to Roskilde for the conference.
- I'm an IT consultant.
- Mmm.
- Did you speak with her during the day? - Last night after dinner, I, um… I called home.
- Everything was normal.
- Hmm.
How did she die? Why why won't you tell me what happened? What did you talk about when you called her? Nothing in particular.
We… talked about Magnus.
Why didn't you drive home to sleep? I was supposed to be there tomorrow.
- Management wanted us to stay.
- You were with someone? Yes, with everyone.
We went back to the hotel around nine.
Can anyone confirm that you didn't leave the motel? I'd really like to talk to Magnus.
Of course, but we need to finish here first.
- You were engaged? - Yes.
On which hand did she wear her ring? - Left, I think.
Why? - Why did you have the locks changed? - We haven't had any locks changed.
- Yes.
The locking devices are new, and, uh… there was an invoice from a locksmith in the drawer showing they were changed yesterday at 3:30.
Why did Laura change the locks yesterday afternoon? Magnus, he, uh… He's lost his keys a few times.
He's being evaluated for autism.
I'd like to talk to Magnus now.
Where is he? I need to see him now.
Can I please see him? Yeah? - He's hiding something.
- Who's hiding something? Hess? Hauge, the deceased's partner.
His alibi can't be confirmed.
And he didn't know that the victim had all the locks changed before the murder.
- I see.
Do we have enough to charge him? - Not yet.
We have no evidence, and I'm not entirely sure.
Then get sure.
And call me when you've been to forensics.
- So you haven't written my reference? - Talk to you later! We'll get a mouth swab and prints from the partner.
And I'll check his car too, of course.
I also need all communication between him and the victim.
- Texts, mails, every like on Instagram.
- Yeah.
- Could you open the trunk? - Plus, uh… Plus everything from the dating site they met through.
- Um… - All right.
- What's it called? Do you know? - I don't know.
I'll, um… I'll stop by forensics later.
He's not one to get stressed, is he? - Did you find the hand? - No, I'm afraid not.
Do you, um… think it was the partner? I don't know.
Naia? - Yeah? - Are we going for that run soon? Call me when you have something.
The threat was sent to your work account and was received early this morning.
The intelligence service was informed straightaway and I spent the morning I'd like to see it.
- There's no reason for you to bother - I'd like to see it.
Intelligence services are examining our servers as we speak.
They're trying to find out who sent these, but so far… The photos were accompanied by a message saying, "I hope this hurts.
You deserve to die.
" Kristine's pictures from Instagram.
Which we shut down right after… Yes.
And that is what is a little worrying.
It means the person who sent the email has been interested in you for quite some time.
I've received hate mail before.
It's some lost soul.
It doesn't mean anything.
Intelligence services believe you should have a bodyguard detail.
No more bodyguards.
I don't want to scare Gustav again.
- But the agency believe the person who - You figure it out.
If that's all, I would like to go to my meeting with the prime minister.
Of course.
- Thank you.
- You're welcome.
You've reached Steen Hartung.
I can't come to the phone.
Please leave a message.
Uh, sorry I missed the meeting with Engells.
What's this about a threat? - They've used Kristine's photos.
- Which photos? - From Instagram.
- What? Don't worry about it.
- I'll take care of it.
- It's this one.
Just attend your meeting.
It's so lovely to see you.
Kristine? Hey, buddy.
So, how'd it go? Don't pick me up anymore.
The whole car reeks.
Gustav… I'm sorry.
- I I really am.
- You're not the only one who misses her.
Just drive.
She received around 50 blows, covering most ofher body.
A blunt weapon with a sort of rough surface.
What could it be? A garden tool, or… Ah, I don't know.
- Any sign of sexual assault? - No.
Unless you're thinking something sadistic.
She was beaten, really beaten… before the blow to the eye that killed her.
And the hand was cut off several minutes before.
With what? Mmm… A saw of some kind.
Circular saw, a plunge saw… Likely battery operated, considering where it happened.
With a diamond blade.
And what about the partner? Do you have anything on him? DNA? - Anything else that points to him? - No.
I'd really like to help.
This is fucking bad.
I can't.
Hey? I have to show you something crazy.
- Do you have a minute? - I'm coming.
- Hey.
- Hey.
It, uh, took a bit longer.
What's up? Any news? Why were you sent home from Interpol? Was it poor police work, or drinking too much, or what was it? Uh, no, I just need to talk it out with my boss.
So you're forced to stay here until they want you back.
But it's not really your thing, so you're just passing time and doing as little as possible.
- Is that correct? - Yeah.
- Hm.
- And I need to sell my flat.
Hi, Thulin.
What do you got? Hey.
Uh… - I thought you'd come alone.
- Is there anything new about the hand? First, I need to know if we can trust him.
He's not here anyway.
Nothing new about the hand.
But I dusted the playground for prints, in case the perpetrator touched anything.
And then I also dusted the chestnut man.
And? And… Normally, we look for ten points to be able to identify it.
In this case, I could only find five.
But… - it's still enough to confirm it.
- For what? That this fingerprint is identical to Kristine Hartung's.
- Kristine Hartung's? - Yeah.
Rosa Hartung's daughter? Yes.
At first, I thought it was a mistake too.
- But Kristine Hartung is dead.
- Yeah, yeah, that's it.
It must be a mistake.
It can't be her prints.
It's not a mistake.
I tested it three times.
How old are those chestnuts? According to the expert, anything from a few weeks to several years old.
Who is Kristine Hartung? You're not going to visit the Hartung family! The case is closed.
But how are we gonna figure out how her prints ended up on a chestnut man in Husum? All kids make chestnut men, and fingerprints can last a long time.
Yeah, I'm just saying that we need to talk to the Hartungs to figure out - if there's some natural explanation.
- The natural explanation must be - it was left there by coincidence.
- Yeah.
- Those people have suffered enough.
- Yeah, I know.
I know what they've been through.
- But I'm just saying… - Then focus on the partner.
- Okay? - Yeah.
- Great.
Talk to you later.
- Okay.
- So, what? - Nylander said no.
- Why not? - He doesn't want us to go there today.
Rosa Hartung has just gone back to work.
It's her first day back in Parliament, so… we'll have to wait.
Is that right? Suddenly, Lin You know, the pretty one with the Retail Act Gets up and starts hurling verbal abuse at the prime minister.
Half the members of the chamber start booing her.
This gets her so angry that she ends up breaking her glasses.
No, thanks.
So you had a nice day? Uh, I noticed you'd called.
Sure, there were a few challenges, but I made it through.
We'll make it.
Don't you agree? It's Liv.
Hi, Liv.
Go ahead.
- Steen Hartung? - Yes.
Sorry to bother you.
We're from the homicide division.
Can we come in? What's this about? I think it's best if we step inside.
- Yes.
- Thanks.
Maybe your wife should be here as well? No, you can just talk to me.
- Okay.
- But, uh, what do you want? This is quite unusual, but when examining a crime scene today, we uncovered an object that has your daughter's fingerprints on it.
What do you mean? What kind of object? The print was found on a chestnut figurine.
The problem is that it's hard to say how old the chestnuts are.
This doesn't affect Kristine's case, and we're not completely sure, but of course, we'd really like to find an explanation.
I'm sorry, but I don't understand what you are saying.
Have you heard of the name Laura Kjær? Uh… No.
She lives near a playground in Husum.
At Cedervænget.
Perhaps your daughter knew someone in the area, or she had a playdate? No, we we don't know anyone in Husum.
Wh Please tell me what this is about? - Can I have a glass of water? - Of course.
We're just trying to sort out some details.
Like I said, it's probably nothing.
It it's nothing… then why are you here? - What's your theory? - We don't have a theory.
We're trying to establish whether this is random, or whether it's connected to a murder we're investigating.
A murder? Which murder? I I need to understand.
Are you telling me my daughter's fingerprints have surfaced as evidence? I must stress that this changes nothing in relation to Kristine's case.
- We're only trying to understand how - She used to sell them by the main road.
Every autumn.
Um, with Mathilde from her class.
They made a stand and… baked cookies, and made lemonade and then they sold their figurines.
And were they like this one, made with twigs instead of matches? Yes.
Do you have any idea who bought them off the girls? Was it mostly parents, or girlfriends.
or… - No, it could have been anyone.
- Okay.
- And you don't recall Kristine selling - That's what we thought.
This has been a great help.
Thank you very much for your time.
- Will you let yourselves out, or… - Yeah.
Thank you.
- I told you I'd take it.
- They're adults.
- They have a right to know.
- You can still be considerate.
- Are you okay? - Yeah.
- Should we eat? - Yeah… But I but someone was killed… And I don't understand the whole thing with the chestnut figure.
They said it's got nothing to do with us.
Steen Hartung just called.
I specifically told you not to go.
I know, but we were in the vicinity, and we managed to confirm that the fingerprint was most likely a coincidence.
Should I note in my recommendation that you do the opposite of what you're told? It's my fault, but things aren't working with Hess.
I just I can't do it.
- Don't you have something else for him? - No, I don't! Interview the partner, get some evidence.
Yeah, but… Sebastian? Hi! Uh, I'm sorry, uh… Was no one home? Sure, there was someone.
- But the old timer wouldn't let me in, so… - Oh! Typical Aksel.
- Hey.
- Flowers and ice cream.
That's amazing.
- You just forgot, didn't you? - No, I didn't.
I was really looking forward to this.
Give me all your nines.
Go fish! - Hi.
- Hi.
- Hi, Mom.
- Hi, sweetie.
- Mmm! - This is, uh, Sebastian.
Le and Aksel, Le's granddad.
He's an ex-police officer, which explains why he's a bit… Yeah.
Well, you know, I didn't mean to be rude, but you never know.
No, that's not a problem.
No worries.
- Hi.
So you must be Le.
- Hi.
- Mm-hm.
- Mmm? Thank you for the invitation.
I'll put the ice cream away.
Okay! Your mom's run off with the ice cream.
Mmm? How about we say these flowers are for you? - Thank you.
- You're welcome.
- Wanna see my room? - Sure.
I'd love to.
- This way.
- Okay.
I know it's late.
But I was assigned to a rather special case.
Don't give me that look, okay? I spoke with Nylander.
- Did you get the reference? - Listen, the victim had her hand cut off.
- Any pictures? - No.
See you tomorrow.
- What about food? Food? - Yeah.
The freezer.
Rosa Hartung returned as minister of social affairs today.
She's been on leave for the past year since tragically losing her daughter.
As you all know, this past year has been difficult.
And, uh… my family and I are very grateful for all the support we have received.
But now, it's time to look forward.
And I am very pleased with the trust the prime minister has shown - Yes? - Who are you? And what are you doing here? I live here.
It's my flat.
It's okay.
I am a police officer.
Mark Hess.
I'm the caretaker.
What do you need the flat for? - Surveillance or something? - No.
No, I'm just going to paint it.
- And sell it.
- Sounds like a good idea.
Hey, by the way, do you have any masking paper? Yes.
Uh, and… and if you need an estate agent, I know someone too.
Five minutes.
BODY NOT FOUND WHERE IS KRISTINE HARTUNG? DISMEMBERED AND BURIED WHERE WAS SHE TAKEN? I think that, uh… my dog might be the oldest Labrador in the world, right? In the end, I had to jump into the water fully dressed.
I mean… Well, great that you saved it.
- Do you want to see my family tree? - No, no, not now.
Then I'll just show you something else.
Did you have a rough day at work? No, it's it's fine.
It's over soon, so… I made these at after school today.
You can have them.
Ah, that's funny.
Chestnut men.
We made those when I was at school.
Is that an old Labrador? No, it's a horse, but we can make a dog if you like.
I'd love to.
- Do you have any matches? - Mmm.
You just snap the tip off, so they have no hands.
There we go.
Mommy… Mommy… Mommy, come and join us.
- I think I have to leave.
- Now? Really, Mom? - Yeah, it's Aksel.
- Aksel? It's me.
I'm so sorry to call so late.
But, um, can you go over and look after Le? There's something I really need to look into, and… I'll be there in 15.
You can't stay here.
You really need to leave now.
I'm not leaving until I talk to him.
- If you don't leave, I'll call security.
- I'm staying here.
Excuse me, what are you doing here? Huh? I need to talk to the boy, but some moron decided he can't have any visitors today.
That's me.
I didn't want to stress him more today.
Naia Thulin.
So what are you doing here? We'll be quick.
- I'll talk to the boy.
- Yeah.
Hey, Magnus.
I'm sorry to disturb you.
Um… We're from the police.
We would like to have a word with you, if that's okay? Magnus, could you turn that off for a moment? Isn't that the faction called "Accursed"? You're really good at it.
Magnus, if you'd just take a short break? I have a mission here, just like in the game, that I was hoping you could help me with.
I can't solve it myself.
Can you help me? Take a look at this.
I have some photos here.
The mission is, you have five seconds to look at them and tell me if something in them… is unusual or out of the ordinary.
Are you up for this? It's a difficult mission.
You'll need all your skills.
Let's begin.
What about it? You haven't seen it before? Are you sure the chestnut man wasn't there when you went to the playground yesterday? - Magnus? - Are you certain it wasn't there? Have a good think.
Please, have another look.
Is my mom not coming back? No, she's not, Magnus.
Your mom is… in a good place now.
In heaven? Yeah, in heaven.
Nylander has got to reopen the Hartung case.
That's not gonna happen.
If the chestnut man was put there in connection with the murder, then the fingerprint isn't a coincidence.
It might still be a coincidence.
The two cases aren't necessarily connected.
- You still believe it's the partner? - I didn't say that, but he has no alibi.
- The Hartung case was investigated.
- Was it? Yeah.
The perpetrator confessed.
He was convicted.
- He's in jail.
The case was shut.
- And you're fine with that? I'm not going to tear a whole other case apart, just because I'm struggling to solve this one.

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