What happened to Kim Wall on Peter Madsen’s homemade submarine and where was the missing journalist’s torso found?


A DANISH inventor accused of murdering and decapitating Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his homemade submarine had warped videos of women being mutilated.

The 30-year-old’s headless torso was discovered on August 22 after she vanished while with inventor Peter Madsen. We reveal all…

 Kim Wall died while on board the privately built submarine

Kim Wall died while on board the privately built submarine

Who is Kim Wall?

Kim Wall, 30, was a journalist from Sweden who has been missing since August 10 2017.

She was last seen on a homemade submarine belonging to Danish inventor Peter Madsen.

A respected freelance reporter, Kim attended the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and had spent time New York and China writing for several international publications.

She was researching for a feature on Mr Madsen, who built the 4o-tonne submarine after raising money through online crowdfunding in 2008.


Who is Peter Madsen?

Peter Madsen is the skipper of the UC3 Nautilus, the private submarine he designed and built in 2008.

The Dane had initially owned it in partnership with a group of volunteers who helped maintain it, but ownership was passed to Mr Madsen in 2015 after a dispute.

“You may think that a curse is lying on Nautilus. That curse is me,” he told members of the board, according to his website.

“There will not be peace on Nautilus for as long as I exist.”

He has been charged with manslaughter after telling a court that Ms Wall died of an accident on board his submarine and he buried her at sea.

 Submarine owner Peter Madsen first said Kim Wall disembarked before the boat sank

Submarine owner Peter Madsen first said Kim Wall disembarked before the boat sank

What do we know about Kim Wall’s disappearance?

Kim Wall met with Peter Madsen at his Copenhagen submarine dock at around 7pm on Thursday 10 August, where she was pictured boarding the Nautilus and smiling.

But her boyfriend reported her missing at 2:30am the following morning after she failed to return home.

A rescue operation was mounted over fears the sub, which was not equipped with tracking devices, may have got into difficulty in the short channel between Copenhagen and Sweden.

A merchant ship claimed to have come within 30 metres of the sub at midnight just miles from where it had set off, and a lighthouse had a confirmed sighting of the sub at 10:30am.

Half an hour later at 11am the submarine sank, which police said was “allegedly a consequence of a deliberate act”.

 The home-made submarine which sank on Friday was pulled out of the water today

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The home-made submarine which sank on Friday was pulled out of the water today

Mr Madsen initially said he had dropped Ms Wall off at 10.30pm at the Halvandet restaurant close to where they had set off.

But he has since told investigators that Ms Walls died accidentally and that he threw her body overboard.

A headless and limbless torso was spotted by a member of the public in Danish waters near Copenhagen on Monday 21 August.

Lead investigator Jens Moller Jensen said at the time: “We have recovered the body … It is the torso of a woman. An inquest will be conducted.”

But on August 23, it was revealed the body belonged to Kim.

Officers also said the arms, legs and head had been deliberately cut off.

Police are analysing the submarine wreckage and have called on anyone who has taken a trip of Madsen’s boat before to come forward.

The overall investigation is taking place behind closed doors, so details of Mr Madsen’s testimony and the search are scarce.

What is the latest development in the Kim Wall killing?

A pre-trial review for Madsen heard he had a hard drive in his Copenhagen workshop containing warped videos of women being tortured, dismembered and burned.

Prosecutors believe Madsen, a married 46-year-old, brutalised and killed her to feed a sick sexual fantasy.

Madsen said the hard drive didn’t belong to him as he explained other people had access to the workshop.

A cause of death has not been established but an autopsy showed 15 mutilation wounds to Kim’s genitals and chest inflicted “around or shortly after her death”, prosecutors said.

DNA tests from Madsen’s nails, face and neck also showed a match with Kim’s.

The court ordered Madsen be detained for another four months as investigations continued.



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