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Danish submarine builder, suspected of murdering reporter Kim Wall, ‘had real films of women being beheaded’

Prosecutor says hard drive found at Peter Madsen’s workshop showed women being tortured, decapitated and burned

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 October, 2017, 10:31am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 October, 2017, 8:43pm

Videos of women being decapitated alive have been found on the hard drive of a maverick Danish inventor accused of murdering a Swedish journalist aboard his home-made submarine, the prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Accused of Kim Wall’s death and desecrating her body by throwing it overboard, self-taught engineer Peter Madsen appeared in court where his custody was extended until October 31.

Wall, who once worked for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, vanished after interviewing Madsen aboard his submarine on August 10.

Her headless torso was found floating in waters off Copenhagen on August 21.

Madsen, 46 and married, has maintained that she died on board when a 70kg hatch door fell on her head, and in a panic he threw her overboard. He insisted her body was intact at the time.

Prosecutors believe however that he dismembered her before throwing her into the sea.

Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen told the court on Tuesday that a hard disk found in Madsen’s workshop contained fetish films in which real women were tortured, decapitated and burned.

“This hard drive doesn’t belong to me,” Madsen insisted, saying numerous people had access to his workshop. “We had, among others, an intern living there,” he said.

Prosecutors believe Madsen killed Wall as part of a sexual fantasy, then dismembered and mutilated her body.

The final autopsy on the torso was not able to establish the cause of death. However, it did show multiple mutilation wounds to Wall’s genitals.

Police continue to search for the rest of her remains.

Wall worked as a freelance journalist based in New York and China. In addition to the SCMP, where she was an intern and then employed as a reporter in 2013, her articles were published in The Guardian, The New York Times and others.