Tragic mystery

Police say inventor made grisly admission in probe of journalist Kim Wall’s killing

Swedish journalist Kim Wall (TT NEWS AGENCY/ Tom Wall Handout via REUTERS)

Investigators in Denmark said Monday that a Danish inventor has changed his story about how a freelance journalist from Sweden died while aboard his submarine in August, and admitted to dismembering her body. He is still insisting he did not kill her.

Peter Madsen, 46, reportedly told authorities that Kim Wall, a 30-year-old journalist who was working on a story about him and paid a visit to his home-made submarine, died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and not from being accidentally hit in the head by a piece of heavy equipment, as he previously told investigators. Police said he confessed to dismembering her body and throwing Wall’s remains into Koge Bay, which is southwest of Copenhagen. Madsen was rescued from the submarine, which sank, but Wall was missing after the incident.

Peter Madsen, builder and captain of the private submarine “UC3 Nautilus” is pictured in Dragoer Harbor south of Copenhagen on Friday, August 11, 2017. (BAX LINDHARDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Wall’s torso washed up shortly after she went missing in August and her head, legs and clothes were discovered earlier this month. An examination of Wall’s remains found that there was no head trauma that could’ve caused her death in the manner Madsen had initially described. The examination also showed wounds to her genitals and ribcage that investigators believe occurred during or in the moments after her death. “We’re taking an approach that there exists a sexual motive,” Jens Moller Jensen, the lead detective, told a Swedish news station.

Madsen’s story has changed numerous times throughout the investigation began and police believe he deliberately sank his submarine. He’s charged with murder and mutilating Wall’s body. Wall’s grisly death has brought renewed concern to the dangers journalists, particularly women, face on the job. For more, watch the video below.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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