Peter Madsen, a Danish inventor and submariner, is currently on trial for the dismemberment and murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Some potentially damning testimony includes a witness that said Madsen expressed interest in snuff films before Wall’s death.
The headless torso of 31-year-old Kim Wall was discovered last summer off Copenhagen. She had taken a ride with Peter Madsen on a Nautilus submarine he built. She was writing a story about the Madsen, now 47, and his vessel.
Now, an unidentified female witness said that Madsen had spoken about wanting to make a “snuff video” on his vessel just days before the death of Wall, according to the Danish publication DR. On Monday, day five of the trial, the witness, referred to only as “the mistress” testified that she had a sexual relationship with the submariner. She said that Madsen and a friend exchanged texts in which he expressed that she was the alleged target of a snuff film he wanted to make.
Another witness, an Australian filmmaker, testified that Madsen told her that he believes he may be a psychopath. Yet another witness, a male acquaintance of Madsen told the court that Madsen showed him a violent video of a person being strangled with a wire. It made the acquaintance throw up, according to his testimony, Sky News, a UK publication reports.
Madsen has previously claimed that Wall’s death was an accident. He also said he buried the journalist at sea. He has denied killing her but has reportedly admitted to dismembering her body.
"I was in an insane situation and used what was around," he told the court, according to Newsweek. "It's something so horrible that I do not want to go into detail. I will just say, that it was horrible."