Dane said to change story in death case
TALLINN, Estonia — Police said Monday that a Danish inventor admitted to dismembering the body of a Swedish journalist and throwing her remains into a bay southwest of Copenhagen but that he steadfastly denies killing her.
Peter Madsen, who is in custody, previously claimed that he had taken journalist Kim Wall on his private submarine on Aug. 10 for a report she was writing on the inventor and that he had dropped her off on an island several hours later.
But Wall’s naked torso was found with multiple stab wounds 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, possibly to take them to the ocean floor.
After Wall was confirmed dead, Madsen said she had died when she slipped and suffered a blow to the head and that he had buried her at sea.
Police said Wall’s skull showed no signs of an injury and that Madsen now says she died from carbon monoxide poisoning inside the submarine while he was out of harm’s way on the vessel’s deck.