“There is only one culprit, and that is me,” Peter Madsen told the authors of a documentary about the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Thus, for the first time, he admitted his guilt.
Three years after the brutal murder of journalist Kim Wall, whose severed head and torso were found in a sea Bay near Copenhagen, Dane Peter Madsen, who was sentenced to life in prison for this crime, pleaded guilty for the first time. On Wednesday, August 8, a documentary about the murder of a Swedish journalist was shown on Danish television. The 49-year-old inventor, who was interviewed on the phone, answered a direct question about whether he killed a 30-year-old wall in August 2017: “Yes. There is only one culprit, and that is me,” he added.
How did the journalist die?
Kim Wall disappeared without a trace in early August 2017. The UC3 Nautilus submarine was the last place it was seen. A few days later, a body fragment was found on the shore in Denmark, whose DNA matched that of the journalist.
Peter Madsen came under suspicion almost immediately. He was detained after his submarine sank, and the man was rescued. Initially, he completely denied any involvement in the death of Wall and claimed that he managed to put her ashore before the submarine sank.
Throughout the investigation, Madsen repeatedly changed his testimony. At first, he claimed that Wall died because she was hit on the head by a 70-kilogram metal hatch. But, according to the police, the parts of the journalist’s body that were found later did not show similar injuries. Then Madsen told the investigation of a new version of what happened. According to him, the woman died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
In April 2018, a court in Copenhagen sentenced Madsen to life in prison. The judges found proven facts of cruel torture and murder of Wall on Board the submarine created by Madsen UC3 Nautilus, where the journalist was going to interview the inventor.
Denmark’s laws allow a person sentenced to capital punishment to submit a petition for clemency to the Danish Queen after 12 years of imprisonment, so only a few of those sentenced to life remain behind bars for the rest of their lives.