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It is an awful shame, do you not think, Monsieur, that we all must wither and die?
~ Micheal Garfield's famous quote in TV episode
Micheal Garfield
Micheal Garfield
is the main antagonist of Hallowe'en Party, which is one of the books of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poroit series. He was introduced as a talented gardner of Mrs. Louise Llewellyn-Smythe, but had an affair with Mrs. Rowena Drake, and they planned a murder to take the rich old woman's legacy, ending up killing at least three people (six in the TV series).

In the TV show episode with the same name, Micheal is portrayed by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Book Biography

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TV show biography


Little is known about Micheal Garfield's early life. He was a man who was obsessed with pretty things. He once fall in love with Judith Butler and they have a daughter named Miranda. However, Micheal was too obssesd with beauty and Judith considered him as a man with madness and cruelty. She left him without telling him her preganence, making Miranda's last name "Butler" instead of "Garfield". She later came to Woodleigh Common and stayed there.

Years later, while Judith telling everyone about a lie of her "pilot husband" died in an car accident, Micheal arrived in Woodleigh Common and became the gardener of the rich widow, Mrs. Louise Llewellyn-Smythe. He made Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe's garden a beautiful scenery. Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe's niece, Rowena Drake, who had a seriously disabled husband Hugo, falled in love with Micheal and planned to marry him. Micheal followed her plan (and he fooled her) in order to gain money, so he killed Mr. Drake in a manipulated car "accident", and then they planned to kill the sickly Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe in order to get her heritage.

However, Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe's new maid, Olga Seminoff, know the love affair and she reminded her hostess. Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe changed her codicil in rage. She cut off her tie with the House of Drake and left her money, house and garden to Olga for she was an honest and genuine servant. One of Drake Family's solicitors, Leslie Ferrier, who once imprisoned for forgery but later released after helped by his later employer Mr. Fullerton, told Mrs. Drake about Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe's change of mind. Ferrier faked a clumsy "codicil" and concealed the real one, framing Olga for faking her mistress' will.

Later, Mrs. Drake and Micheal Garfield poisoned Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe and framing Olga as a gold digger and liar. Olga was furious and accused Mrs. Drake's evil deeds in her house, but was stabbed to death. Micheal buried Olga's corpse in Drake Family's garden. However, a ten-year-old Miranda Butler witnessed what Micheal did. Micheal guessed out that Miranda witness this and lied to her that the murder is a "sacrifice", and said "Sacrifices are necessary." Miranda thought this was a sacrifice and an accident, so she never told everyone except Joyce Reynolds, her best friend, without telling her the murderer is Micheal.

After Olga's death, Micheal finds Leslie Ferrier. He pretended to be grateful about what Ferrier had done and gave him the rewarding money. However, when Ferrier about to get away, Micheal stabbed him to death in order to shut him up, and he faked the murder as a killing for hatred. Now, he and Mrs. Drake thought they might be safe.

Hallowe'en Party

Two years later, in 1938, Micheal Garfield went to Athens, the capital of Greece. Meanwhile, in a Halloween party of Drake Family, Joyce Reynolds boasted about she witnessed a murder (which represented the murder of Olga Seminoff two years ago). Rowena Drake was horrified and she secretly drowned Joyce in an apple bobbing tub filled with water.

When Hercule Poroit on his way to Woodleigh Common in order to investigate Joyce's murder, he met Micheal Garfield. Poroit knew from Micheal's lips that Micheal is not the murderer of Joyce. After suggesting Poroit to visit Mrs. Goodbody, Micheal met Rowena Drake and was told of Joyce's words. Later, Micheal drowned Joyce's brother Leopold for he witnessed his sister's death and blackmailed Mrs. Drake.

However, Micheal guessed that Joyce was lying, and he called Miranda and lured her in Drake Family's garden, but his attempting murder was stopped by Poroit, Ariadne Oliver, Judith Butler and Inspector Timothy Raglan. Inspector Raglan arrested Micheal and sent him in the house of Drake's family. After Poroit revealed that Judith was Micheal's real lover, Micheal admitted his crime and revealed all he wanted was money and the garden. He even later planned to buy a Greek island, build a garden and start afresh. He was took away by Inspector Raglan minutes later, with a crying Mrs. Drake.

Victims (TV show)


  • Hugo Drake
  • Leslie Ferrier
  • Leopold Reynolds


  • Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe
  • Olga Seminoff
  • Joyce Reynolds


  • Miranda Butler


  • Beatrice White: In fact suicide.


  • Michael Garfield is one of the most prolific killer in Agatha Christie's Poirot, who killed 5 people in the TV series with Rowena Drake, plus having an indirect role in Joyce Reynolds and attempting to murder Miranda Butler (6 body counts, 1 attempted; 7 in all).
    • It is one of the highest comfirmed body counts ever recorded in an original work by Agatha Christie and its adaptations. It lost to Justice Lawrence John Wargrave from And Then There Were None, who directly murdered 8 people, before committing suicide to fake his innoncence (9 in all), although his plan caused all 10 major characters in the story (including himself) died in process.
  • Five years before Hallowe'en Party aired its TV adaptation, Julian Rhind-Tutt, who is Michael Garfield's actor, portrayed Dr. Arthur Calgary in the 2007 TV adaptation of Ordeal by Innocence, which is an episode in the Series 3 of Agatha Christie's Marple.


Hercule Poirot Villains (SPOILERS ALERT)


Alfred Inglethorp | Evelyn Howard | Marthe Daubreuil | Jane Wilkinson | Cassetti | Sir Charles Cartwright | Norman Gale | Dr. Roberts | Franklin Clarke | Bella Tanios | Nurse Harris | Jacqueline de Bellefort | Simon Doyle | Lady Westholme | Superintendent Sugden | Jessie Hopkins | Martin Alistair Blunt | Patrick Redfern | Elsa Greer | Miss Gilchrist | Marrascaud | Nigel Chapman | Ann Shapland | Gerda Christow | Dr. James Sheppard | Rowena Drake | Nick Buckley | Micheal Garfield | Stephen Norton

Villainous Victims

Grace Springer | Mrs. Clapperton | Henry Reedburn | Harrington Pace | Sir Reuben Astwell | Paul Renauld | Cassetti | Simeon Lee | Lady Boynton | Leslie Ferrier | Paul Déroulard | Mary Gerard | Lord Edgware | Madame Giselle | Stephen Norton


Alice Cunningham | Countess Vera Rosakoff | The Big Four | Claud Darrell | Leslie Ferrier

TV series only

Alice Cunningham/Marrascaud | Rohda Dawes | David Hunter | Dr. Gerard