On August 10th, 2017 Swedish journalist Kim Wall was meant to attend a going-away party for herself and her boyfriend who were leaving Copenhagen to move to Beijing. After months of no contact, Wall had received an invite to go on Danish inventor Peter Madsen’s self-made submarine from 7 pm to 9 pm. It came to light after the fact that Madsen had invited three other women on his submarine that day but they all declined.
After Wall failed to return home her boyfriend called the police to report her missing. The Danish Navy began a search for the submarine and at 10:30 am on August 11th, 2017 the submarine was located. Strangely enough, Madsen was seen jumping from the submarine as it sank, he told police that he had dropped Wall ashore the night before. But Madsen’s stories began to unravel over the coming months when between August 21st and November 29th, 2017 parts of Kim Wall’s dismembered body were found in different areas around the location where she had disappeared.
After Wall’s torso was found washed up ashore in Copenhagen, it was discovered that she had more than a dozen stab wounds in and around her genitals this led to Madsen changing his story saying that a heavy hatch in the submarine had fallen and hit Wall on the head killing her so he buried her at sea.
Divers eventually found Wall’s severed head in a weighted bag but they did not find any blunt force trauma to her skull which meant Madsen’s second story of Wall dying after being struck on the head with a heavy hatch was a lie. This led to Madsen changing his story for the third time, he was now saying that Wall died from carbon monoxide poisoning on board the submarine and that he had dismembered her body but he maintained his innocence saying that he did not murder her.
After a well-publicised trial, Peter Madsen was found guilty of premeditated murder, sexual assault and the mishandling of a corpse. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2018. In October 2020 Madsen broke out of prison by using a fake gun and bomb to escape but he was caught not long after and near the prison. In 2021, a court sentenced him to a further 21 months for the escape.
After years of saying that Wall’s death was an accident, Madsen finally admitted to her murder to a journalist who had been secretly recording their conversations. He was recorded saying “There is only one who is guilty and that is me”.
Rest In Peace Kim Wall.