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Danish inventor admits to dismembering journalist on submarine

Kim Wall had gone to interview Peter Madsen on 10 August, but never returned.

File photo of Peter Madsen with the submarine in Copenhagen.
File photo of Peter Madsen with the submarine in Copenhagen.
Image: Hougaard Niels AP/PA Images

DANISH INVENTOR PETER Madsen has admitted dismembering the body of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose body parts were found at sea after she interviewed him on board his homemade submarine, Danish police said.

In initial police questioning, Madsen, who is suspected of her death, had denied cutting up her body and said she died in an accident when a heavy submarine hatch fell on her head.

He has now changed his story to say she died of carbon monoxide poisoning while on board, police said in a statement.

“He has now explained that Kim Wall died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning inside the submarine at a time when he was on deck,” police said.

“Furthermore, Peter Madsen has admitted that he later dismembered her corpse and spread the body parts in Koge Bay” off Copenhagen.

Wall, a freelancer based in China and New York, never returned from her interview with Madsen on 10 August.

Her headless torso was found floating in Koge Bay on 21 August, and her head, legs and clothes were recovered in plastic bags in the same waters on 7 October.

Madsen, a self-taught engineer and inventor, has been held in custody since 11 August and has changed his version of events several times.

After intentionally sinking his submarine early on 11 August in Koge Bay, he was picked up by a rescue vessel and told police he had dropped Wall off on land after their interview the previous evening.

On 5 September, he changed his story to say a 70-kilo (154-pound) hatch fell on her head, killing her, and that he threw her body overboard, intact, in a panic.

But police said on 7 October that an autopsy of her head showed no sign of a skull injury.

© – AFP 2017

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