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Kim Wall: Peter Madsen Admits Dismembering Journalist But Denies Murder

31 October 2017, 01:04 | Kara Nash

Kim Wall death: Danish inventor Madsen admits dismembering journalist

Kim Wall: Peter Madsen Admits Dismembering Journalist But Denies Murder

In the latest update on Monday, published online by Danish police, Madsen claimed that Wall died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

A Danish inventor has admitted dismembering a Swedish journalist who disappeared from his home-made submarine in August and has changed his story about how she died, but still denies killing her, police investigating the freaky case said Monday.

But police said on October 7 that an autopsy of her head showed no sign of a skull injury. Madsen denies all accusations against him. Before he said she died when a hatch cover unexpectedly hit her head, and that the boat foundered as a result of problems with a ballast tank springing a leak.

Her headless torso was found in Koge Bay, south of the Danish capital, 11 days after she disappeared on 10 August. Madsen, 46, then told police he divided her body and threw the pieces into Koge Bay.

He said he had been holding the hatch for Wall as they sailed in the strait between Denmark and Sweden.

Throughout the course of the investigation, authorities revealed they found videos depicting the real-life decapitation and torture of women on Madsen's computer.

The 30-year-old Columbia Journalism School grad was found stabbed in her ribcage and genitalia more than a dozen times "around or shortly after her death", prosecutors have said.

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"This explanation (by Madsen) naturally will lead police into gathering additional statements from the coroner and the armed forces' submarine experts", Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moller Jensen said, according to a translation by the Associated Press.

Police said divers were still searching for Wall's arms, and both her and Madsen's cell phones.

At the time of her disappearance, she was believed to be working on a feature story about Madsen, an eccentric, well-known figure in Denmark.

He has successfully launched rockets with the aim of developing private space travel. He generated attention in 2008 with the launch of Nautilus, which was billed as the world's largest privately built submarine.

Madsen was charged with manslaughter but pleaded not guilty.

Police said Monday that Madsen has voluntarily agreed to remain in custody through November 15, which means there is no need to conduct a hearing tomorrow, as originally scheduled.

Preliminary trial dates have been set for March and April, police said.

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