Police in Copenhagen released a statement on Monday that Danish inventor Peter Madsen, 46, admitted to dismembering the body of Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall, 30, back in August. Wall was last seen boarding Madsen’s privately built submarine where she was going to interview him for an article about his venture.
Wall’s boyfriend alerted authorities the next day when she did not return from the trip. Initially, Madsen stated that he had dropped Wall off safely in Copenhagen, later changing his story to say that there had been a “terrible accident.”
Madsen has changed his story multiple times pertaining to how Wall’s severed body appeared on the sea floor off the coast of Copenhagen. He insists that he did not kill Wall, instead claiming that she died when a heavy submarine hatch fell on her head. Now, however, his explanation is that she died of carbon monoxide poisoning inside his submarine while he was on deck. After her death, he “buried her at sea,” cutting apart her limbs. He supposedly planned to take his own life afterward by sinking his submarine.
Because of the many incongruent statements from Madsen, chief investigator Jens Moeller Jensen commented that police would need to gather supplemental statements from the medical examiner and defense ministry’s submarine experts.
According to police, a headless female torso was found washed ashore on August 2. The body was identified as Wall two days later through DNA testing. In early October, her head was found by divers in Denmark’s Koege Bay. It was in a bag containing metal inside of it that weighed it down to the seafloor. Police noted that there were “no signs of fracture or blunt force trauma to the skull.” Her legs and clothing were also found in bags weighed down with metal.
Divers from the Danish Defence Command, along with the police, have been searching the Bay of Koege for the last two weeks looking for her arms as well as both Wall and Madsen’s mobile phones.
A post-mortem examination revealed that Wall had roughly 14 stab wounds in and around her ribcage and genitals, therefore adding a charge of sexual assault without intercourse against Madsen. He denies this accusation as well.
When police pulled up the submarine from the sea floor, they additionally discovered blood inside. He was then accused of “scuttling his own ship.” DNA was matched with the blood found inside the submarine with the DNA from the torso and from Wall’s own toothbrush and hairbrush.
Danish Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen reported to a court earlier this month that there was footage found on a hard drive believed to belong to Madsen that involved women being decapitated alive. This hard drive was found in a laboratory run by Madsen himself. He has also told prosecutors that he was interested in sadomasochism and had previously had sex onboard the Nautilus before. In September, his defense lawyer was quoted by a Swedish newspaper saying that Madsen was “not quite like other people” regarding his sexual preferences, although they were “harmless.” However, during the pretrial session, Madsen commented that the computer hard drive did not belong to him and was instead “used by everyone in the laboratory.” He continues to deny having sexual intercourse with Wall.
Presently, Madsen is being held in Vestre Prison in Copenhagen under charges of manslaughter. The inventor was originally supposed to appear in court on Tuesday, however, will now remain in custody until November 15.
Madsen is credited for building the first private Danish submarine, called UC1 Freya, in 2001. He later went on to build the UC2 Kraka and the midget submarine UC3 Nautilus.
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