Kim Wall: Murder Charges Sought For Peter Madsen Over Dismembered Journalist

Friday, 25 Aug, 2017

Friends and former classmates of Kim Wall, a Swedish freelance journalist whose remains were found in the Baltic Sea this week, gathered on Wednesday to remember her as a good friend and "amazing reporter".

Wall, 30, was last seen alive on August 10 aboard the submarine of Danish aerospace and submarine enthusiast Peter Madsen.

Madsen, 46, who was then arrested on preliminary manslaughter charges, denies having anything to do with Wall's disappearance. Wall was reportedly working on a long form story about Madsen and his missions.

Danish police spokesman Jens Moller said the mutilated body had suffered damage suggesting "an attempt to make sure air and gas inside should leave the body so that it would not rise from the seabed", The Local reported. They also confirmed they had found Wall's blood in the submarine, Møller Jensen told reporters. Wall's body had been deliberately decapitated and dismembered with tools.

Her headless torso was found with the limbs "deliberately cut off" and was weighed down with metal, according to officers. The DNA of headless body is matched with the Kim hair brush and tooth brush.

Tabloid Ekstra Bladet, quoting unnamed sources, said Madsen has asked to be transferred to solitary confinement, allegedly out of fear of being attacked inside the prison.

Police still do not know the cause of Ms Wall's death, and divers are searching for more body parts. Wall was last seen August 10 getting on the submarine with Madsen.

According to the Times, Madsen also began launching submarines in 2002 and, in 2008, successfully launched his own self-crafted, crowd-funded submarine, the UC3 Nautilus.

She was reported missing a day later. Her body was found in waters off Denmark on 21 August and has now been formally identified. The first launch of his 40-ton, almost 18-meter-long UC3 Nautilus in 2008 made worldwide headlines. Madsen was picked up by a private boat.

The navy said the sub had been seen sailing, but sank shortly afterward.

Madsen's biographer, Thomas Djursing, describes him as someone who has made a lot of enemies and was prone to getting into arguments. Often called "Rocket Madsen", this inventor had dreams of sending a rocket into space.

The submarine is one of three constructed by Madsen and one of the largest privately built ones in the world - it can carry eight people and weighs 40 tonnes when fully equipped. Madsen was rescued from the sinking vessel by emergency crews but there was no trace of the missing journalist.

The Sweden-born Wall studied at the Sorbonne university in Paris, the London School of Economics and Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, where she graduated with a master's in 2013. "Now it looks as though the worst thing happened", they wrote.

Her mother Ingrid wrote on the family's "boundless sorrow" that the remains of her daughter had been found.