Kim Wall: Swedish reporter's headless torso weighed down with metal

Last assignment
Kim Wall with Peter
Madsen aboard his
submarine PIC REUTERS

Last assignment Kim Wall with Peter Madsen aboard his submarine PIC REUTERS

The Danish inventor was known for financing his submarine project through crowdfunding.

In a chilling case, the reporter's decapitated body was found in waters off Copenhagen.

Police later confirmed that the torso, which had been beaten and weighed down with metal, was a DNA match with the young woman.

Though police are not sure of Wall's cause of death - and are looking for the rest of her body parts - 46-year-old Masden has been charged with negligent manslaughter and could face anywhere from five years to life in prison if convicted.

Columbia professors remembered Wall as a diligent and curious journalist with an insatiable appetite for the truth.

Prosecutors have Madsen in custody and are seeking murder charges.

Police will seek to extend the pre-trial custody when it is reviewed next month, again requesting he be held on the charge of manslaughter, Mr Buch-Jepsen said.

The eccentric inventor has denied the allegations. He initially told investigators he dropped Wall off at a remote section of the port of Copenhagen on August 10, but later changed his story to say he buried her at sea at she died during an accident while aboard the submarine, which sank.

Wall, 30, was a freelance journalist whose work had appeared in Harper's Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, the South China Morning Post, The Atlantic and TIME.

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The submarine sank hours after the search for Ms Wall began, after her partner reported that she had not returned from the trip.

Described as fanatical and foul-tempered, Madsen's career has been punctuated by stories of professional fallouts and mood swings.

Further relevant evidence is includes the police conclusion that the UC3 Nautilus was sunk deliberately shortly after it was found in Køge Bay on August 11th.

Supported by financial backers, he also earns money from speaking engagements.

In this file photo, a private submarine sits on a pier in Copenhagen Harbour, Denmark.

But the two men parted company after an angry spat in 2014 and Madsen created his own space project, RLM Space Lab. In court, he said, "I would very much like to express myself".

Wall, who attended the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and London School of Economics, was photographed standing on the UC3 Nautilus' tower as the 40-ton vessel departed Copenhagen on August 10.

"To lose her is not just to lose a friend, but a source of inspiration", she wrote. In fact, Madsen's lawyer, Betina Hald Engmark, said that she and her client "only find it positive that there is a final clarification".

He initially told police he had let the journalist off the submarine on an island. The tragedy has hit not only us and other families, but friends and colleagues all over the world. And why wouldn't he bring her body to shore? She allowed us to come to the quake Haiti, to the torture chamber of idi amin in Uganda and the minefield in Sri Lanka. That voice would have been needed for a long, long time.