Divers find sev­ered head of jour­nal­ist

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Worldwide -

Po­lice divers in Den­mark have found the sev­ered head and legs of Kim Wall, the Swedish jour­nal­ist who died on board the home-built sub­ma­rine of Dan­ish artistin­ven­tor Peter Mad­sen.

The chief in­ves­ti­ga­tor said the head showed no sign of se­ri­ous in­jury — con­tra­dict­ing Mad­sen’s claim that Ms Wall died af­ter a heavy hatch fell on her head.

“There are no signs of frac­tures to the skull or signs of blows from a blunt in­stru­ment,” he said. Foren­sic den­tal anal­y­sis con­firmed the head was Wall’s.

Mad­sen, 46, who is be­ing held on sus­pi­cion of mur­der, told a court last month he had had a “sui­ci­dal psy­chosis” fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, then “buried” Ms Wall at sea.

The jour­nal­ist, 30, joined him on board UC3 Nau­tilus on Au­gust 10, in­tend­ing to write an ar­ti­cle about him. Her boyfriend raised the alarm next day when she failed to re­turn home.

Mad­sen scut­tled his sub­ma­rine close to the Drog­den Light­house in Koge Bay on Au­gust 11, and was res­cued shortly before it sank. He ini­tially claimed he had dropped Wall off on dry land, but af­ter­wards ad­mit­ted he had dis­posed of her body af­ter her death.

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