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24 Aug 2017

Headless body of journalist Kim Wall identified by Danish Police

Kim Wall: A private submarine trip and murder

Danish Police has identified a headless torso, found off the waters of Copenhagen, as that of journalist Kim Wall.

The identification was made after the DNA samples collected from the torso was matched with those collected from her hairbrush and toothbrush.

Police speculates that she was brutally murdered aboard a Danish inventor's private submarine.

Let's know all about this gory murder mystery.

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Kim Wall: A private submarine trip and murder

Who is Kim Wall?

Kim Wall was a Swedish journalist. Educated at reputed centres of learning including the London School of Economics and Columbia University, Wall has written for publications including the Guardian, New York Times and Time.

Kim Wall's possible murder


Kim Wall's possible murder

Wall was last spotted on August 10, departing on the submarine 'Nautilus' along with Danish inventor Peter Madsen, whom she was interviewing.

She was reported missing in the wee hours of August 11; the submarine was also reported missing later.

Madsen was later found jumping into the water from a sinking submarine.

Ms. Wall's body was found near Copenhagen 10 days later.

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Madsen's contradictory statements

Danish police believes that Madsen deliberately sunk the submarine to cover up any traces of Wall's murder, although he denies it.

He initially claimed to have dropped off Ms. Wall alive at an island near the Copenhagen coast before the submarine sank.

Providing a radically different version before the court, he said that Wall died in an accident and he buried her at sea.

Peter Madsen and his murder submarine

Nicknamed 'Rocket', Madsen is a well-known inventor. He designed and built Nautilus, the largest privately built submarine in 2008. Madsen is known to have regularly taken his admirers and submarine enthusiasts on trips aboard Nautilus.


What does the Danish police think?

Police have recovered the submarine which they believe was deliberately sunk by Madsen to hide evidence.

"The body bears the mark of having, most likely, been inflicted deliberate damage with the purpose of ensuring that gasses can pass out of the body - possibly in an attempt to avoid that a body rises from the seabed," Jens Moller, Vice-President, Copenhagen police noted.

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