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'Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall' Focuses On Journalist Who Was Murdered By 'Misogynistic' Inventor

Journalist Kim Wall was murdered shortly after she boarded Danish inventor Peter Madsen's homemade submarine, which she was writing a story on.

By Gina Tron
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An upcoming two-part documentary will tell the story of Kim Wall, a journalist who was murdered in 2017 while on a writing assignment.

“Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall” will debut on March 8 on HBO and HBO Max. The two-parter, directed by “Britney V. Spears” director Erin Lee Carr, will focus on the Swedish journalist’s life and how it was tragically cut short.

On Tuesday, Carr tweeted that her documentary is not “just about the trial, it's about Kim, her work and what was stolen from the world on that day August 10th, 2017.”

Wall was last seen alive just prior to "interviewing the eccentric entrepreneur Peter Madsen aboard his self-made submarine in Danish waters,” a synopsis for the documentary states. 

Madsen was convicted one year later for her murder and sentenced to life behind bars. During his trial, prosecutors stated that Madsen murdered Wall as part of a violent sexual fantasy, citing graphic footage found on his computer of women being murdered.

In 2020, Madsen eventually admitted murdering Wall, 30, not long after she boarded his submarine. For years, he claimed she died by accident. Before that, he claimed he had dropped Wall off on land before the submarine failed. When Wall's torso was found in the water less than two weeks after she vanished — followed by some of her other body parts, which were discovered in bags filled with heavy metals — Madsen then claimed she died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall” weaves together brand new interviews with those who knew Wall and Madsen, never-heard-before audio from Madsen, trial testimony, and more.

The first part of the documentary, entitled “The Crime,” begins with tweets from Kim’s friends, colleagues, and members of the public about a young woman who had strangely disappeared.” It then hones into the moments in which Wall’s disappearance turned into a murder investigation, leaving a nation “horrified and transfixed.” 

The second part, entitled “The Punishment,” dives “into the judicial process in Denmark, while also painting a portrait of an unrepentant killer.”

“Attempting to probe the mindset of Madsen, Part Two explores the nature of narcissism and psychopathy in the process,” the documentary’s synopsis states. “Madsen was viewed as a minor celebrity in Denmark, but his brash persona ultimately hid misogynistic and sociopathic tendencies. He was used to orchestrating his own story and public persona, but found that his powers of persuasion and influence had run out when he tried to evade culpability for Wall’s murder.”

It notes that those who knew him pondered whether Wall was his first victim.