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Kim Wall Murder Trial Set to Begin in Copenhagen

Kim Wall Murder Trial Set to Begin in Copenhagen
Allegedly Swedish journalist Kim Wall stands next to a man in the tower of the private submarine 'UC3 Nautilus' on Aug. 10, 2017, in Copenhagen Harbor. (Peter Thompson/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 March 2018 01:57 PM

The Kim Wall murder trial is scheduled to begin in Copenhagen on Thursday, with Danish inventor Peter Madsen charged with the journalist's death.

Prosecutors accused Madsen of killing Wall, 30, after boarding his midget submarine last August while doing research for a story, according to ABC News.

In what some are calling one of the most gruesome murders in Danish history, Madsen, 47, is accused of cutting and stabbing Wall multiple times before killing her, cutting her apart, and weighing her body parts down before throwing them into the sea, CNN reported.

Along with premeditated murder, Madsen is also charged with indecent handling of a corpse and "sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly dangerous nature," citing stab wounds inside and outside her genital area, CNN said.

Wall, who held a bachelor's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and dual master's degrees in journalism and international relations from New York's Columbia University, traveled around the world to cover stories about, as she described, "the undercurrents of rebellion," ABC News wrote.

"She was courageous in asking challenging questions to people who held power," Coleen Jose, Wall's friend who was the lead photographer for the reporting trip, told ABC News. "She was always open and respectful of the culture. You could see it in her words, too."

Prosecutors said that Madsen had invited Wall, a native of Sweden, to his submarine to reportedly do a story on him, CNN said.

Madsen wanted to become the first Danish citizen to fly into space in his own privately built rocket, and his submarine, UC3 Nautilus, was thought to be the world's largest privately built submarine, CNN reported.

"Everybody had heard about him, knew about his projects, knew about the submarine, and all the rockets," Tomas Trolle, who helped Madsen with some of his rocket projects, told CNN. "I don't know what to say. I was shocked, I still am. I didn't believe it because I knew him a little bit. He was a nice guy who really liked to show off his projects."

ABC News wrote that Wall's death has refocused attention on the dangers female journalists confront, particularly freelancers, even when they are reporting in a nation that ranks among the world's safest.

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The murder trial of Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who is charged with the murder of journalist Kim Wall, is set to begin in Copenhagen on Thursday.
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