In the latest development to the bizarre tale of a Swedish reporter whose headless torso was found last month, oddball inventor Peter Madsen has told police new details about her death, which he insists was an accident.
In a pre-trial hearing, Madsen claimed Wall hit her head on the heavy latch of his homemade submarine, according to CBS News. After finding her in a pool of blood with a fractured skull, he threw her body overboard, but denies mutilating her body.
On August 11, the 30-year-old Wall had boarded the UC3 Nautilus, proclaimed “the world’s largest privately built submarine,” to interview its builder, Peter Madsen. Described as an “inventrepaneur” on the website for his company RML Spacelab, the 46-year-old Dane allegedly harbored a grudge against journalists and liked ““sexual experimenting in fetish groups,” according to his biographer Thomas Djursing.
Wall was reported missing after she didn’t return and the following day the Nautilus was observed sinking off the coast of Denmark. Madsen was later rescued fro the waters after a failed suicide attempt.
Madsen was immediately held by authorities in connection with Wall’s dissapreance. While he initially told authorities he had dropped her off on the coast, he later told them she had accidentally died aboard his ship. Her torso was found August 21 with the head and limbs cut off, tied to a large piece of metal to help it sink.
At his hearing Tuesday, Madsen claimed he was holding the submarine’s heavy metal hatch open for Wall, when the boat was hit by a wave. Madsen said he lost his footing and the hatch slammed down on the reporter’s head. “There was a pool of blood where she had landed,” he said, according to the BBC. Madsen said he then went into shock and decided to “bury her at sea.”
He denies, however, mutilating her dead body. He says he then became suicidal, and intended to go down with his ship, but had a change of heart after thinking of his wife and three cats.