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Gottfried Vanger is one of the antagonists in the Stieg Larsson novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

He is portrayed by Richard Franc in the original 2009 Swedish adaptation, and Jürgen Klein in its 2011 American adaptation/remake.

Biography

Although he does not appear as a character in the film because he died 40 years before the action taking place, he plays a very important role in the story.

Born into the wealthy Vanger family, Gottfried endured savage beatings throughout childhood from his father Richard, a sadistic Nazi and religious fanatic. When Richard died in 1940, his brother Henrik adopted Gottfried and tried to heal the damage Richard had inflicted upon the boy, but by then it was too late - the abuse had already molded him into a woman-hating sociopath who was obsessed with Old Testament verses regarding divine retribution, particularly against Jews and "unclean" women.

As an adult, he became a serial killer who preyed on young women, particularly prostitutes. He hid his true nature behind a façade of a drunken playboy, working for the family business as a salesman and wining and dining clients - all while using his busy travel schedule to murder dozens of women throughout Sweden. His wife, Isabella, was also an alcoholic, and was too drunk and self-absorbed to realize who and what her husband really was.

He had two children, Martin and Harriet. He physically and sexually abused both of them. He "trained" Martin to be a serial killer in his own right by making the boy watch while he raped and murdered women, and guided Martin to commit his first murder.

One night, Gottfried drunkenly attacked Harriet, bragging about the women had murdered while trying to strangle her. Harriet got away, however, and ran outside to a nearby river. When Gottfried caught up to her, Harriet grabbed an oar and hit him in self-defense; knocked unconscious, Gottfried fell into the river and drowned. His death was ruled an accident, but Martin knew what really happened and blackmailed his sister into giving in to his increasingly violent sexual demands. Desperate, Harriet ran away and took on another identity to escape from her family. Martin, meanwhile, became a prolific serial killer, priding himself on being a far more careful and efficient murderer than his father, whom he despised as a "loud and garish man".

Harriet's disappearance, officially considered a murder, sets the plot of the novel in motion.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Martin Vanger | Gottfried Vanger | Nils Bjurman
The Girl Who Played with Fire: Alexander Zalachenko
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: Peter Teleborian
The Girl in the Spider's Web: Camilla Salander | Jan Holtser
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: Benito Andersson | Bashir | Rakel Greitz

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