Espen Erdal, of Norway’s National Criminal Investigation Service, called it standard procedure but the move comes as Swedish police said they too will reopen old murder cases when the DNA databases of Sweden and Denmark are joined up next month.
The DNA of Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen is to be tested against unsolved killings in Sweden. He is suspected in the death of journalist Kim Wall, whose headless torso with 15 stab wounds was found on Aug. 21.
Kim Wall’s headless torso was found with 15 stab wounds.Source:AFP
Danish police are also looking at so-called cold cases, including the 1986 find of the dismembered remains of a 22-year-old Japanese tourist whose corpse was found in several plastic bags in Copenhagen harbour.
Wall was working on a story about Madsen, and was last seen alive on Aug. 10 aboard his 40-ton, nearly 18-metre long submarine as it left Copenhagen. The following day, Madsen was rescued from the sinking submarine without Wall and was arrested the same day. Police believe he deliberately scuttled the vessel.
Madsen, who is being held on preliminary manslaughter charges and indecent handling of a corpse, has said Wall died after being accidentally hit by a heavy hatch in the submarine’s tower. Police, however, have found no fractures to Wall’s skull.
Police technicians on board the homemade submarine UC3 Nautilus.Source:AP
Chief Police investigator Jens Moeller says Peter Madsen has stopped speaking to police.Source:AP
Investigators believe Madsen killed Wall between Aug. 10 and 11, cut up her body and attached a belt with a pipe to the torso so it would sink. Her head, arms and legs had been deliberately cut off after her death, according to police. Detectives later found videos on Madsen’s personal computer of women being tortured, decapitated and murdered.
Wall’s cause of death hasn’t yet been established yet.
Meanwhile, it has emerged Madsen has stopped co-operating with police.
Investigator Jens Moeller Jensen told The Associated Press that Madsen “doesn’t want to talk now.”
Moeller Jensen said that Madsen, who is in pre-trial detention, isn’t obliged to talk, adding that his lawyer, Betina Hald Engmark, had informed them about it.
She wasn’t immediately available to comment.