Danish inventor admits to dismembering journalist, denies murder

Randolph Lopez
October 31, 2017

Ms Wall, a freelance journalist who was researching a story on Ms Madsen, went missing after he took her out to sea in the 17-metre submarine in August.

A Danish inventor confessed to dismembering the body of a journalist last seen aboard his submarine in August, police said.

Police on Monday expanded the charges against him to include sexual assault. Police investigator Jens Moller Jensen said then that divers had found Wall's head and legs, as well as her clothes and a knife, in plastic bags with "heavy metal pieces" to make them sink.

After intentionally sinking his submarine early on 11 August in Koge Bay, he was picked up by a rescue vessel and told police he had dropped Wall off on land after their interview the previous evening.

He has now changed his story to say she died of carbon monoxide poisoning while on board, police said in a statement. Madsen maintained that although he dismembered her body, Wall's death was an accident.

Peter Madsen and Kim Wall together on his home-made submarine.

Prosecutors found footage depicting women being decapitated alive on a hard drive in Madsen's possession.

A report from the Reuters news agency of the earlier court hearing said that Madsen gave a vivid account of his story, saying: "I lose my foothold and the hatch shuts".

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Police also said Madsen was suspected of having "sexual relations other than intercourse. under particularly aggravated circumstances, based on the 14 stab wounds to and around Kim Wall's genital area".

The police would now gather additional information from coroners and submarine experts from the Danish defence command.

Wall's arms as well as her and Madsen's mobile phones are still missing and the police are now assessing if divers should continue the search for them.

He has successfully launched rockets with the aim of developing private space travel.

The submarine is one of three that Madsen built, and one of the largest privately built underwater craft in the world.

Madsen voluntarily accepted the prosecutor's request to extend his custody until November 15, his lawyer said, meaning he will not appear in court on Tuesday (local time) as initially planned.

Madsen was charged with manslaughter but pleaded not guilty.

Preliminary trial dates have been set for March and April, police said.

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