Po­lice: Dan­ish in­ven­tor ad­mits dis­mem­ber­ing jour­nal­ist

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TALLINN, Es­to­nia (AP) — She was a promis­ing young jour­nal­ist, tested in trou­ble spots through­out the world, re­port­ing on a Dan­ish in­ven­tor famed for build­ing what was thought to be the world’s largest pri­vate sub­ma­rine. The story seemed to present lit­tle danger, but it cost Kim Wall her life.

The Swedish jour­nal­ist’s dis­mem­bered, naked torso was found on a south­ern Copen­hagen coast in late Au­gust and her head, legs and clothes were later dis­cov­ered in plas­tic bags at sea. The bags also con­tained a knife, and heavy me­tal ob­jects de­signed to take them to the ocean floor. Wall’s arms are still miss­ing.

In­ven­tor Peter Mad­sen — who is in cus­tody — has o ered a shift­ing va­ri­ety of ex­pla­na­tions for Wall’s death.

Po­lice re­vealed Mon­day that Mad­sen now ad­mits dis­mem­ber­ing Wall’s body and throw­ing the body parts into a bay south­west of Copen­hagen, but stead­fastly de­nies killing her. He pre­vi­ously claimed she had an ac­ci­dent but now says she died from car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing suf­fered in­side Mad­sen’s sub­ma­rine while he was out of harm’s way on the ves­sel’s deck.

“This ex­pla­na­tion nat­u­rally will lead the po­lice into gath­er­ing ad­di­tional state­ments from the coro­ner and the armed forces’ sub­ma­rine ex­perts,” said Copen­hagen po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tor Jens Moller Jensen.

Po­lice on Mon­day ex­panded the charges against him to in­clude sex­ual as­sault.

Mad­sen, 46, is a self-taught aero­space en­gi­neer who was one of the founders of Copen­hagen Sub-or­bitals, which is ded­i­cated to build­ing sub­marines and manned space­craft. He gen­er­ated at­ten­tion in 2008 with the launch of Nau­tilus, which was billed as the world’s largest pri­vately built sub­ma­rine.

He de­nies killing the 30-yearold Wall, who had carved out a name for her­self in the com­pet­i­tive world of free­lance jour­nal­ism by pro­duc­ing a string of sto­ries from Sri Lanka, Uganda, Cuba, the Mar­shall Is­lands, and many other coun­tries.

The glo­be­trot­ting jour­nal­ist was last seen alive on the evening of Aug. 10 on the sub­ma­rine, known as the UC3 Nau­tilus. Po­lice be­lieve Mad­sen and Wall did not know each other be­fore their trip.

AP PHOTO/JENS DRESLING/RITZAU

In this Aug. 23 file photo, Po­lice and other au­thor­i­ties search a wa­ter­way for body re­mains re­lated to the on­go­ing Kim Wall mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion at the west coast of Amager close to Copen­hagen, Den­mark.

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