The Danish inventor accused of murdering a Swedish journalist who was interviewing him on his homemade submarine has admitted dismembering her body, but still denies killing her.
Peter Madsen told police he had mutilated the body of freelance journalist Kim Wall after she accidently died of carbon monoxide poisoning aboard his submarine while he was out on deck. However, this is the fourth time he has changed his story about how she died after her headless torso was found floating in Koge Bay off Copenhagen.
After intentionally sinking his submarine early on 11 August, he was picked up by a rescue vessel and told police he had dropped Wall off on land after their interview the previous evening.
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Remanded in custody, Madsen changed his story to say a hatch had fallen on her head, killing her, and he had panicked and thrown her body overboard intact. A post mortem examination found no fractures of Wall’s skull.
Questions still surround what went on aboard the submarine, with Madsen continuing to deny charges of murder and “sexual acts other than intercourse” - a charge stemming from the fact that Wall had 14 stab wounds around her genital area,
Police also said footage of women being tortured, strangled and beheaded had been found on a computer belonging to Madsen. He denied the videos were his, saying the device was used by a number of his staff, including an intern.
CNN reports that police divers have been searching Koge Bay for the last two weeks looking for Wall’s arms - and both her and Madsen’s mobile phones.
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