His lawyer, Betina Hald Engmark, stated during the trial that the investigators were unable to determine the cause of Ms. Wall's death. She admitted that Mr. Madsen had maimed the body and thrown parts into the sea and that he had lied to the police. However, she argued that there was no clear evidence that Ms. Wall had been murdered. Wall, who was Swedish and lived in Copenhagen, was last seen alive on August 10, when she met Mr. Madsen for a two-hour trip aboard the submarine. The submarine sank the next day, and while Mr. Madsen was rescued, Ms. Wall was nowhere to be found.
He first claimed that he had landed them hours earlier ̵
But Mr. Buch-Jepsen provided evidence that Mr. Madsen had planned to attack and kill her. He brought the tools for tying, cutting and pricking his victim and heavy objects such as pipes to complain their remains. The prosecutor showed SMS that Mr Madsen had deleted, but the investigators were able to recover and tell another woman that she should be handcuffed and tortured aboard the submarine and tell a friend that he had planned the perfect murder "great pleasure".
Mr. Buch-Jepsen presented Mr. Madsen, who had founded a company to build spaceships, when he was desperately trying to commit the murder after canceling a rocket launch on 8 August. On that day he sent a text message to three other women to invite them to the submarine. All three refused.
"It was coincidence that it was Kim Wall," said Mr. Buch-Jepsen. Engmark argued that the mutilation of Mrs. Wall's body took place completely after her death and that Mr. Madsen was guilty of nothing more serious than the improper handling of a body, a crime leading to a six-month prison sentence.
wife. Wall, a freelance journalist who has written for many publications, traveled around the world – she had reported, among others, from Cuba, North Korea and Uganda – and focused on what she called "undercurrents of rebellion." She and her friend Ole Stobbe were in Beijing a few days after moving to Beijing when she died.
She had spent months trying to get an interview with Mr. Madsen, an autodidact who called himself "Rocket Madsen." So when he wrote her a text message On August 10, when she was asked to meet her that evening, she skipped a farewell party for her and Mr. Stobbe and accepted Mr. Madsen's invitation.
Wall's parents have gone through the often cruel process of being a silent spectator and have largely declined to discuss the case with the media.
"Everyone can see for themselves how we think and feel," said her mother, Ingrid Wall, one point. "We have no reason to say anything."
The case received intense international coverage, and people were queuing outside the courthouse every night, hoping to claim the limited number of seats in the courtroom the next morning. In Denmark and Sweden, the media have been criticized for their reporting of the killing.
"It is an extremely difficult case, in one of the most prosperous and secure societies in the world, where violence, sexual violence and rape are abating," said Morten Frich, a journalist who reported on the Danish newspaper Information.
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