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|“||This is a man who dedicated his life to making money by lying with every breath that he could muster to keeping murderers and rapists on the streets!||„|
|~ John Doe about Eli|
Eli Gould was a minor antagonist in Se7en and its comics. He is the second victim selected by John Doe, and being an attorney who became famous and wealthy from dishonesty, he is selected by Doe to represent the sin of greed.
John Doe came in to contact with the amoral lawyer on several occasions—each successive encounter convinces Doe that Gould must be punished for his sins. He overhears Gould speaking to guilty murderers and rapists on how he can lie to the court let them walk free, as long as it's for a price. Doe also learns that Gould abetting in the eviction of a poor family from his friend's apartment complex.
John Doe broke into Gould's law firm and tied him to his legal books, leaving only one hand free. This free hand was given a cleaver and Doe forced Gould at gunpoint to put a pound his own flesh in a set of scales. Upon doing this, Doe agreed to let Gould free—however, Gould died of blood loss. Eli Gould's death was investigated by Detective William Somerset and Detective David Mills.