Grisly Find in Journalist's Submarine Death

Kim Wall's head and legs are discovered in a sunken bag, say Danish authorities
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2017 6:30 AM CDT
Divers Find Body Parts of Missing Journalist
In this April 30, 2008 file photo, submarine owner Peter Madsen stands inside the vessel.   (Niels Hougaard /Ritzau via AP, File)

Danish divers made a grisly discovery Friday: They found the head and legs of journalist Kim Wall in a bay near Copenhagen, reports Reuters. What's more, the discovery appears to further undermine the unraveling story of inventor Peter Madsen, who has been accused of killing her. Divers in Koge Bay found two bags, one with Wall's remaining body parts—her torso had previously washed up—and another containing her clothes and a knife, per CNN. The bags had been weighted down with pieces of metal. The 30-year-old was last seen alive on Aug. 10 when she boarded Madsen's submarine. Madsen, whose story has changed, maintains that Wall died accidentally when the sub's heavy metal hatch struck her in the head.

However, authorities say an autopsy shows no such damage to Wall's head, reports the BBC. Madsen, 46, remains imprisoned as the investigation continues. He has admitted to disposing of Wall's body at sea, but says he did so in a panic because he blamed himself for losing his grip on the hatch. Prosecutors, however, paint a much darker picture. They point to disturbing videos found on Madsen's computer showing the torture and decapitation of women and to a post-mortem examination that revealed knife wounds to Wall's genitals and rib cage "around or shortly after her death." Authorities say they hope the new evidence will help them determine a cause of death. (More Kim Wall stories.)

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