Danish inventor Peter Madsen admitted to dismembering the body of freelance journalist Kim Wall, Danish police said Monday, marking the latest shift in Madsen’s explanation for how Wall’s severed body sank to the sea floor off the coast of Copenhagen.
Madsen still maintains he did not kill Wall, according to a police news release, now claiming Wall died of carbon monoxide poisoning inside his submarine while he was on deck.
According to her family, Wall, 30, was writing a piece about Madsen, 46, an amateur rocket builder known in Denmark for using crowdfunding to build his own submarines and rockets. Wall — a freelance journalist who had reported from Sri Lanka, the Marshall Islands and North Korea — boarded the submarine on Aug. 10 and was reported missing on Aug. 11. That day, Madsen was pulled from Koge Bay after police say he deliberately sank his submarine.
Madsen was taken into custody on Aug. 12, and his trial is expected to begin in March.