Po­lice: In­ven­tor won’t talk any­more

The Maui News - - WORLD -

COPEN­HAGEN, Den­mark — Dan­ish sub­ma­rine in­ven­tor Peter Mad­sen, sus­pected in the death of a Swedish jour­nal­ist whose torso, de­cap­i­tated head, legs and clothes were found in the sea off Copen­hagen, won’t talk with in­ves­ti­ga­tors any­more, po­lice said Wed­nes­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tor Jens Moeller Jensen said that Mad­sen “doesn’t want to talk now.”

Moeller Jensen said that Mad­sen, who is in pre-trial de­ten­tion, isn’t obliged to talk, adding that his lawyer, Betina Hald Eng­mark, had in­formed them about it.

Kim Wall’s head­less torso with 15 stab wounds was found Aug. 21. Be­fore the other body parts were found last week, Mad­sen was will­ing to talk to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Wall was work­ing on a story about Mad­sen, and was last seen alive Aug. 10 aboard his 40-ton, nearly 60-foot-long sub­ma­rine as it left Copen­hagen. The fol­low­ing day, Mad­sen was res­cued from the sink­ing sub­ma­rine with­out Wall and was ar­rested the same day. Po­lice be­lieve that he de­lib­er­ately scut­tled the ves­sel.

Mad­sen, who is be­ing held on pre­lim­i­nary man­slaugh­ter charges and in­de­cent han­dling of a corpse, has said that Wall died af­ter be­ing ac­ci­den­tally hit by a heavy hatch in the sub­ma­rine’s tower.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve Mad­sen killed Wall, cut up her body and at­tached a belt with a pipe to the torso so it would sink. Her head, arms and legs had been de­lib­er­ately cut off af­ter her death, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. De­tec­tives later found videos on Mad­sen’s per­sonal com­puter of women be­ing tor­tured, de­cap­i­tated and mur­dered.

Nor­we­gian po­lice said Wed­nes­day that they would ask Dan­ish col­leagues for his DNA to check it against old mur­der cases in Nor­way. Espen Erdal of Nor­way’s Na­tional Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice called it stan­dard pro­ce­dure. Swedish po­lice said Mon­day they will re­open old mur­der cases when the DNA data­bases of Swe­den and Den­mark are joined up next month, with Mad­sen’s DNA to be tested against un­solved killings in Swe­den.

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