Kim Wall was a Swedish-born freelance journalist. The 30-year-old woman was a graduate of Sorbonne University, the London School of Economics, and Columbia University where she graduated with a master's degree in journalism. Wall was researching a story on Peter Madsen, who built the world's largest private submarine. On August 10th, she set out to sea in Copenhagen. On August 22, her torso was found at the bottom of the ocean.
46-year-old Peter Madsen is a self-taught aerospace engineer who, after crowd sourcing the funds, built the world's largest homemade submarine called Nautilus. The UC3 submarine was his third submarine project.
When Wall's body was found, Madsen was of course the immediate suspect. But he says it's all a misunderstanding.
Madsen claimed "an accident occurred on board that led to [Wall's] death" and he had to bury her at sea.
"I am fine, but sad because Nautilus went down,” he says, blaming a "a minor problem with a ballast tank … turned into a major issue.”
At the time the story broke, Madsen was charged with manslaughter due to his extremely shaky story. At first he said he dropped Wall off on shore when he knew something was wrong with the submarine. Then, he said Wall died on board so he "buried her at sea."
Then, when he was in court, Madsen's story changed once again. He claimed she was hit in the head with a submarine hatch. He says he lost his footing while trying to hold it open, and the 155-pound hatch struck the journalist on the head. However, Wall's skull showed no sign of a head injury.
“There was a pool of blood where she had landed,” Madsen said. He then claims to have thrown the body overboard in a panic. "In the shock I was in, it was the right thing to do."
But now, a new confession from Madsen could be the break the case needed.