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Jeumont, 51 minutes d'arrêt! (ss)

October, 1936. Neuilly-sur-Seine / Boulevard Richard-Wallace

in: Les nouvelles enquêtes de Maigret, Nouvelle Revue française (Gallimard), 1944
Tout Simenon (PDLC '91-'92): Tome 24, pp. 941-951 (11pp).

Jeumont, 51 Minutes Wait! (1961) tr. J.E. Malcolm
Inspector Maigret Deduces
Jeumont, 51 Minutes Stop (1977) tr. Jean Stewart

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Maigret of the Month: September, 2010


M is awakened one morning by a phone call from his nephew, Popaul Vinchon (Paul Vinchon), an inspector on the Belgian border at Jeumont. A dead man has been discovered in one of the first-class coaches from Germany, Otto Braun, a Jewish banker from Stuttgart. M gets information by phone and telegram in Paris on the other passengers in the coach, which Vinchon has had stopped at Jeumont, and arrives there himself at 10:20 in the morning. Meanwhile a man had been found emerging from the train further on, with a package containing a large some of money in securities. He's brought back to Jeumont. The seating arrangement in the cabin is reconstructed and the passengers are questioned.
M determines what must have happened, explains to Popaul and tells him the rest is up to him: Otto Braun had been fleeing Germany with as much as he could carry, as the National-Socialists had taken over. He'd found Lena Leinbach, an Austrian, and supplied her with luggage with a false bottom to carry his securities. But she'd arranged with Thomas Hauke and Jef Bebelmans, apparently a professional thief, to pass on Braun's money. During the confusion of the border check, she'd apparently stood in front of Braun, and stabbed him in the heart with the long pin of her diamond brooch. Vinchon convinced her that he'd found blood on the pin, and she confessed.

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Maigret of the Month: September, 2010


Names

Bebelmans, Jef Bonvoisin, Adolphe Braun, Otto
Gellhorn Hauke, Thomas Irvitch
Leinbach, Lena Mme M Vinchon, Paul
Vinchon, Popaul


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