A Danish inventor has admitted to dismembering the body of a female journalist Kim Wall, who was last seen aboard his submarine in August, police said.
However, the suspect told Danish police that the woman died accidentally, and added that he did not kill her.
Divers earlier this month found bags containing the head, legs and clothing of the Swedish writer in waters south of Copenhagen. The bags, police said, contained metal that let them sink them down into Denmark’s Koge Bay.
Wall’s torso, found in late August, showed knife wounds to her rib cage and genitals, which examiners believe occurred “around or shortly after her death,” according to the BBC.
Wall, a writer for publications including Harper Magazine, departed with Peter Madsen aboard his self-built submarine on Aug. 10 with plans to write on the inventor’s work. Rescuers found Madsen alone as his UC3 Nautilus sank the next day — deliberately, police believe, at his own hand.
After first claiming he had dropped Wall off ashore, Madsen said he had “buried her at sea” after a 155-pound hatch slammed onto her head, killing her, NPR reported. An autopsy showed no signs of such an impact to Wall’s head, an investigator said.
Madsen now says Wall, 30, died while inside the submarine from carbon monoxide poisoning while he sat up on the deck.
The 46-year-old killer told police he divided her body and threw the pieces into Koge Bay.
A hard drive with images of women being decapitated alive was allegedly found in Madsen’s laboratory, according to the BBC.
On Monday, police said they would extend Madsen’s charges of murdering and mutilating Wall’s body to include sexual assault without intercourse. Madsen denies the accusations, and volunteered to extend his custody through Nov. 15.