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Journalist Was Stabbed After Boarding Submarine, Danish Prosecutor Says

COPENHAGEN — A Danish inventor’s explanation of how journalist Kim Wall died on his submarine was further cast into doubt after an autopsy revealed she had been stabbed more than 14 times and police found video footage of slain women on a hard drive linked to the suspect.

Wall’s torso — minus her head, arms, and legs — was found on a beach on Amager Island near Copenhagen, 11 days after she went to interview the inventor, Peter
Madsen, on his self-built submarine in August.

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Madsen, 46, initially gave shifting explanations for the disappearance of Wall, 30. But he eventually said she died onboard the vessel after a hatch unexpectedly collapsed and hit her on the head while she was in the submarine’s tower.

“I didn’t see her die by any deliberate act; I saw her die of something completely different, saw her fall down,” he told the court on Tuesday, according to Politiken, Denmark’s largest daily newspaper.

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Madsen’s explanation was previously met with skepticism, and a judge in Copenhagen District Court, Anette Burko, said his account was “not reasonable.”

He was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter, and it was upgraded to manslaughter, which in Danish law implies intentional homicide and is the legal equivalent of murder.

Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen presented an autopsy report that said Wall’s limbs had been removed with a saw. It said she had sustained several stab wounds, including 14 to her genitals alone. Her DNA was found on Madsen’s hand, nostrils, and neck.

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In court, Madsen denied killing or mutilating Wall.

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