Egon Tiedemann (1986)

An aging police officer nearing retirement. Egon is weary. He drinks. His wife, Doris, is long dead.

Egon’s daughter, Claudia, was supposed to go to university — and she did. Now she is the first woman to manage a nuclear power station. His granddaughter, Regina, is a shy young girl who suffers at the hands of her domineering mother. Egon knows that Ulrich and Katharina mistreated her, and he wants to protect her.

Egon and Ulrich


The disappearance of Mads Nielsen rouses Egon out of his lethargic slumber. Is there a connection with the sudden death of dozens of sheep in a meadow near Winden? Egon suspects that the rebellious teen, Ulrich Nielsen, has something to do with both incidents. What is the hoof doing in Ulrich’s room? Is he a satanist?

Rape allegation


One day, Hannah comes to the police station and accuses Ulrich of having raped Katharina. Egon is only too happy to believe her and has the boy arrested. But when Katharina refutes the allegations, Egon has no choice but to release him. Despite this, however, he is convinced that Ulrich has something to do with what is happening in Winden. He just can’t shake off the feeling — it’s like a long faded memory from days gone by.

"Why not the forest track?"


In his investigations, Egon discovers a clue. On the night when Mads went missing, Helge Doppler’s shift at the nuclear power station ended at 6 a.m. He drove to the shack on the edge of the forest, where he was living at the time. Helge says he drove via the country road. “Why not the forest track?” writes Egon in his notebook. That would have been shorter. He summons Helge to the police station the next morning to make a statement. But Helge doesn’t come, because that night he has a serious car accident.

Years later, Ulrich and Charlotte find Egon’s note in the archive. Does Helge have something to do with the disappearance of Mads?