Peter Madsen, a rocket and submarine inventor, has admitted to dismembering (but not murdering) award-winning journalist Kim Wall.
Wall had last been seen on Madsen's Nautilus submarine, shortly before her headless torso was discovered in nearby waters. She had been reporting on Madsen's creations.
According to the New York Times, Madsen confessed to tossing Wall's body in the ocean after she died from carbon monoxide poisoning inside the submarine. Madsen had changed his account of the events numerous times, at first claiming that she had left his vessel alive. He later changed his story to say that she hit her head during her reporting and died. There remains no explanation or known motivation for the dismemberment.
Wall's limbs had been obviously removed by force and her body showed that she had been stabbed multiple times. Her severed head showed no sign of trauma, contradicting Madsen's narrative.
During investigations, hard drives of Madsen were discovered to contain videos of women being tortured. The videos were not believed to have been created by Madsen himself.
“The videos indicate that one may have an interest in fetish, torture and murder,” said prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen “These are some very grave videos with women recorded abroad.”
Madsen is currently being held at the Vestre Prison and is being charged with manslaughter, which in Danish law is the equivalent of murder. He is also being preliminarily charged with abuse of a corpse and “sexual relations under aggravating circumstances.”
A grant in Wall's name has been created for the purposes of encouraging “a young female reporter to cover subculture, broadly defined, and what Kim liked to call ‘the undercurrents of rebellion.’"