The Danish inventor accused of murdering a Swedish journalist has said he thought of 90s film Se7en as he decapitated her on-board his home-made submarine last August.
Peter Madsen claims Kim Wall, 30, died as a result of a gas leak while she was interviewing him on his submarine last August, but admits to dismembering her body and dumping it off the Danish coast.
The 47-year-old later told police that the 1995 thriller starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman had sprung to mind.
Killed: Peter Madsen claims journalist Kim Wall, 30, died as a result of a gas leak on his submarine last August, and that he then dismembered her and ‘buried her at sea’
Bizarre obsessions: Madsen kept several violent videos – both animated and not – showing women being impaled on spikes and beheaded on his computer
The film ends with the revelation that a serial killer, played by Kevin Spacey, has decapitated Pitt’s character’s wife while she begged for mercy.
Today, Madsen told a court that he did not see anything ‘unnatural’ in thinking about the film as he brutalised Miss Wall’s body.
Earlier today the court was shown an animated video naked women being impaled on sharp spikes by two men, one by one, and bleeding to death that was found on Madsen’s computer.
A post-mortem examination of Miss Wall found 14 interior and exterior stab wounds to the journalist’s genitals.
Another animated video, also found on Madsen’s computer, shows a woman performing a striptease before sitting down naked on a chair where she is beheaded by a man.
A third video, not animated, was shown only to members of the Copenhagen City Court due to its content, Expressen reports.
Just hours before Madsen met Miss Wall, he searched the internet for ‘beheaded girl agony’, and watched a video of a girl having her throat slit.
During cross-examination in court on Wednesday, Madsen admitted to having an interest in Dracula and the fictional vampire’s real-life inspiration – Vlad The Impaler; a Romanian prince whose favorite method of execution was impalement.
Madsen has continued to deny causing the death of Miss Wall throughout the investigation and trial, although he has changed his story of how she died several times.
Trial: Peter Madsen, famous in Denmark for his home-built rockets and submarine, has denied murdering Miss Wall but has admitted to mutilating her body and ‘burying her at sea’
The press and hearers line up in front of the courthouse where the trial of Danish inventor Peter Madsen, charged with murdering and dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade submarine, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark
At first he claimed that she died after she was hit over the head when the hatch door slammed shut unexpectedly.
Now, he claims Miss Wall was inside the vessel when a vacuum effect meant that he was unable to open the hatch door to get to her as exhaust fumes filled the craft.
He admitted that he had lied to investigators and changed his account of what actually happened to Wall several times, but said that he had done so to spare her family.
He said: ‘I wanted to spare her family and the world the details … about what actually happened when she died, because it is gruesome.’
Miss Wall disappeared after meeting Madsen for an interview on his submarine Nautilus and her body-parts were later found in plastic bags in the water off the coast of Copenhagen.
A psychiatric report of the 47-year-old Dane has concluded that he is an intelligent man ‘with psychopathic tendencies’ who has ‘no empathy or feelings of guilt’.
Madsen said in his testimony that he had tried to use a rope to hoist Wall’s body out of the submarine, but that she was too heavy.
Although he admitted cutting her body up to perform what he described as a sea burial, he told the court he took no sexual gratification from it, as was put to him by the prosecution.
He denied any sexual activity with the journalist.
Madsen, 47, is charged with murder, dismemberment and indecent handling of a corpse for the way he disposed of Miss Wall’s body.
Madsen denies killing the 30-year-old but admits to cutting her body up before he ‘buried her at sea’.
Police technicians board Peter Madsen’s submarine UC3 Nautilus on a pier in Copenhagen three days after Kim Wall’s disappearance
On August 10, Miss Wall and her Danish boyfriend, Ole Stobbe Nielsen, threw a goodbye party before moving to China.
That evening, she received a text message from Madsen saying an interview was possible. For months, she had been trying to speak with him and she left the party to join the now 47-year-old Dane.
After Wall left to meet Madsen, her boyfriend received several text messages from her which were read out in court earlier this month.
‘I’m still alive btw (by the way),’ she wrote, adding ‘But going down now!’ and ‘I love you!!!!!!’
A minute later, she added: ‘He brought coffee and cookies tho.’
He started worrying when the messages stopped coming and eventually alerted authorities, who launched a search for the submarine, which didn’t have a satellite tracking system.
The 33-ton, nearly 18-meter-long submarine sank south of Copenhagen shortly after being spotted afloat. Madsen was picked up unharmed. Initially, he told police he had let Wall off on Refshale island several hours into the trip.
Investigators found dried blood inside the submarine, and divers eventually found Wall’s body parts in plastic bags held down on the Baltic Sea bed by metal pieces. Her torso had been stabbed multiple times.
Police believe Madsen sank the submarine on purpose, and found videos of women being tortured and killed on his personal computer in his hangar. He did not make the videos himself, investigators said.
Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen claims Madsen tied up and tortured Walls before killing her, either by cutting her throat or strangling her. The murder has been called premeditated because he had brought along tools he normally wouldn’t take with him on the submarine.
A psychiatric assessment described him as a ‘perverted polymorph, and highly sexual deviant’.
‘He has narcissistic and psychopathic traits, and is manipulative, with a severe lack of empathy and remorse,’ said Butch-Jepsen.
Kim Wall grew up in southern Sweden, just across a narrow waterway from Copenhagen. She studied at Paris’ Sorbonne university, the London School of Economics and Columbia University in New York, from where she graduated with a master’s degree in journalism in 2013.
She wrote for The New York Times, The Guardian and other publications, reporting on topics such as tourism in post-earthquake Haiti and nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.
Shortly after her death, the Columbia Journalism School graduate’s family and friends set up a fund in her name to help women journalists reporting on similar issues.
‘This will be a way for everyone to focus on the future instead of it all ending that night on the submarine,’ her mother Ingrid Wall told Swedish TT news agency ahead of the trial.
‘This means her legacy will live on.’