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Monday, October 30, 2017
Submarine owner Peter Madsen admits dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall
The Local

30 October 2017
15:06 CET+01:00
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Danish inventor Peter Madsen charged with journalist's murder: prosecutors
AFP/The Local

16 January 2018
14:20 CET+01:00
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Danish inventor Peter Madsen jailed for life over submarine murder
AFP/The Local

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25 April 2018
12:49 CEST+02:00
Wednesday by Copenhagen District Court. His lawyer immediately said he would appeal the verdict.

Madsen, 47, had admitted dismembering 30-year-old Wall's body and throwing her remains overboard in waters off Copenhagen last August, but claimed her death was accidental.

But he changed his version of events several times, and the court found he had failed to give any credible explanations.

He initially claimed he had dropped Wall off on dry land in Copenhagen on the night of August 10th, 2017, after she boarded his submarine Nautilus to interview the eccentric self-taught engineer.

But he soon changed his story, claiming that a heavy hatch door had fallen on her head and killed her.

When the autopsy later revealed there was no blunt trauma to Wall's skull, he said she died after a sudden drop in pressure caused toxic fumes to fill the vessel while he was up on deck.

Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen on the other hand told the court during the 11-day trial that Madsen killed the journalist as part of a macabre sexual fantasy and "tried to create the perfect crime".

The court also found Madsen guilty of sexual assault and desecrating a corpse.

 Despite the testimony of many experts, the lack of tangible evidence in the case and the decomposed state of Wall's remains made it impossible to determine her exact cause of death.

An autopsy report said she probably died as a result of suffocation or having her throat slit.

But the court found the incriminating circumstances were enough to find Madsen guilty, including the gruesome videos he watched, and the fact that he brought a saw, plastic strips and a sharpened screwdriver on board.

Psychiatric experts who evaluated Madsen – who described himself to friends as "a psychopath, but a loving one" – found him to be "a pathological liar" who poses "a danger to others" and who was likely to be a repeat offender.

Madsen is the 15th person in 10 years to receive a life sentence in Denmark.

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Danish appeals court upholds submarine killer's life sentence

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26 September 2018
15:40 CEST+02:00

 A Danish appeals court on Wednesday upheld a life sentence handed down by a lower court against Peter Madsen for the 2017 murder of a Swedish journalist aboard his homemade submarine.

Madsen, 47, had asked the Copenhagen appeals court to reduce his life term, but did not appeal the district court's April 25th guilty verdict for the murder of 30-year-old Kim Wall.

The Copenhagen appeals court announced its verdict on Wednesday afternoon after the defence and prosecution presented final arguments.

The verdict had been expected on September 14th but the court had to postpone it after a lay judge collapsed in the courtroom.

Madsen was convicted in convicted in April of the murder of Wall and sentenced to life in prison.

He had asked the court to give him a lighter sentence, arguing that life behind bars was "disproportionate". The amateur engineer has argued her death was an accident but admitted dismembering her corpse and throwing the body parts into the sea in August 2017.

Life sentences are rarely handed down for a single killing in Denmark. In the past 10 years, only three people have received such sentences.

A life sentence in Denmark averages around 16 years. Currently, 25 inmates in the country are serving life behind bars.

The prosecution insisted that Madsen's life sentence was justified, given the grisly nature of the murder and his meticulous planning.

On August 10th, 2017, Wall, an award-winning reporter, boarded the submarine with Madsen, an eccentric and self-taught engineer and a minor celebrity in Denmark, to interview him for an article she was writing.

Wall's boyfriend reported her missing when she failed to return home that night.

Her dismembered body parts were later found on the seabed, weighted down in plastic bags.

Madsen changed his version of events several times, but ultimately told the lower court that Wall died when the air pressure suddenly dropped and toxic fumes filled his vessel while he was up on deck.

An autopsy report concluded that she probably died as a result of suffocation or having her throat slit, but the decomposed state of her body meant examiners could not determine an exact cause of death.

Fourteen stab wounds and piercings were also found in and around her genital area.

Psychiatric experts who evaluated Madsen – who described himself to friends as "a psychopath, but a loving one" – found him to be "a pathological liar" who poses "a danger to others" and who was likely to be a repeat offender.

Madsen's lawyer Betina Hald Engmark said she and her client would study Wednesday's ruling before deciding whether to appeal it to the Supreme Court.
Capital punishment in Denmark

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Capital punishment in Denmark (Danish: Dødsstraf - literally "Death punishment") was abolished in 1930 but restored from 1945 to 1950 in order to execute Nazi collaborators. There were given 78 death penalties, 46 of them were executed.

Capital punishment for most instances of war crimes was legally ended in 1978 (and in all cases since 1 January 1994).

The last execution was in June 1950.

Currently reinstitution of capital punishment is not supported by any political party in Parliament. According to an opinion poll from 2006, one fifth of Danes supported capital punishment for certain crimes. The number was unchanged since another poll in 1999.
vendetta noun
ven·det·ta | \ ven-ˈde-tə
Definition of vendetta

1 : blood feud

2 : an often prolonged series of retaliatory, vengeful, or hostile acts or exchange of such acts

vendetta (n.)
"a private war in which a kinsman wreaks vengeance on the slayer of a relative," 1846, from Italian vendetta "a feud, blood feud," from Latin vindicta "vengeance, revenge" (see vindication). Especially associated with Corsica.

Five Danish social norms that might be new to newcomersMichael Barrett

Michael Barrett
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26 September 2018
16:22 CEST+02:00

1 - Small talk with strangers

Try passing the time of day with somebody in a supermarket queue or on public transport and you are likely to end up feeling as welcome as the proverbial fox at a chicken convention.

2 - Wearing shoes indoors

There’s nothing wrong with automatically taking your shoes off indoors, but it’s just as normal to ask your host whether this is necessary.

3 - Avoiding conflict

Reaching consensus is a key part of Danish culture, even in the current political climate of polarisation – in any disagreement, argument or discussion, the two sides commonly keep the dialogue going until some element of common ground can be found, no matter how small.

4 - Don’t brag

The Law of Jante, or Janteloven, is a code of conduct that has been around for centuries across the Nordic countries and still pervades the Danish subconscious today. The concept can be summed up with a phrase that is not unusual to hear in Denmark: 'du skal ikke tro, du er noget' – literally, ‘don’t believe you’re anything (special)’.

5 - It’s your birthday? You buy the cake

If it’s your birthday, don’t expect to receive the adulation of colleagues unless you bring in something sweet to set the celebrations in motion.
Just a Thursday, September 27, 2018 morning posting ....not sure though if it will bring closure to this OP.
HBO Max just made a series about this:

The investigation

This limited series is based on the 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, known as "the submarine case" – and follows the investigators and divers who fought to bring her family justice. New episodes Mondays at 10 pm ET.
Here is some more deatil.
HBO has acquired the Scandinavian limited series “The Investigation,” about the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.

The series will explore the complex real-life investigation surrounding Wall’s 2017 murder, which made international headlines around the world as one of the most notorious criminal cases in Danish media history.

In 2017, Wall went missing after she boarded a submarine to interview Danish entrepreneur Peter Madsen in what became known as “The Submarine Case.” The Submarine was found sunken the morning after the August 10 interview and Madsen was charged, and later convicted, of Wall’s murder.