Gottfried Vanger was a sturdy man with thin brown hair and a large cylindrical moustache. He has curved eyebrows and brown small beady eyes. He appears in the photograph placed on Mikael Blomkvist's cabin wall with a fairly happy look and in a nice suit with a uncoloured tie.
The Girl with the Dragon TattooEdit
Gottfried Vanger was the father of Harriet and Martin Vanger.
He was an ex-nazi greatly sharing Adolf Hitler's belief of the Jewish being animals in need of extermination and punishment for exisiting. He travelled to surrounding towns raping, degrading and killing young Jewish Women. Following the Nazi-Bible Script he posed or killed the women in the practices desribed.
At some point his violent sexual urges were released on his daughter Harriet whom he raped, defiled and hurt many times at their summer cabin. Martin eventually accompanied him on his travels as he killed more women, including Lea Persson, Lena Andersson, and Liv Gustavsson.
Martin eventually also began defiling Harriet and hurting her. Eventually Harriet escaped one defilement and killed Gottfried by knocking him into the water surrounding the cabin's pier with an oar and keeping him under.
Martin continued Gottfried's work, however, by caging, torturing and sexually defiling them.