Danish inventor Peter Madsen has finally admitted to dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose body parts were found at sea after she went missing on Aug. 10, but he still claims that he didn’t kill her.
Divers searched Copenhagen Bay for weeks before finding the head, legs, and clothes of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, 30, earlier this month. She had boarded Madsen’s homemade submarine as part of a writing assignment prior to her disappearance.
Danish authorities launched a search the following morning after the vessel failed to return to the Copenhagen harbor as planned and Wall failed to return home. When Madsen’s submarine was eventually located 30 miles off-shore, it was on the verge of sinking. Authorities rescued Madsen as the sub went under.
At first, Madsen said that he dropped Wall off at a nearby island and had no idea what happened to her.
But as the evidence piled up against him, Madsen claimed that the young woman died aboard the sub in a “terrible accident” when a heavy submarine hatch fell on her head and that he buried her at sea.
He has since changed his story to claim that Wall died of carbon monoxide poisoning while on board his homemade vessel.
The 30-year-old Columbia Journalism School graduate was found with 15 stab wounds to her ribcage and genitals, which prosecutors say were inflicted “around or shortly after her death.”
Madsen, 46, has been in pre-trial detention on preliminary manslaughter charges. He is also facing charges of the indecent handling of a corpse.
Police found Wall’s headless torso on Aug. 21 and later discovered more body parts and clothing in Koge Bay. They were reportedly stuffed in plastic bags with a knife and “heavy metal pieces” to make them sink near where her torso was found.
During their investigation, police found videos on Madsen’s personal computer of women being tortured, decapitated and murdered.
Madsen has pleaded not guilty.
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