Enlarge / Madsen, right, stands aboard the UC2 Kraka, alongside the UC3 Nautilus, as the two submarines are secured for a test run in this 2008 photo. (credit: Sonny W. / Flickr)
In a Copenhagen court hearing, Peter Madsen—the owner and skipper of the crowdfunded, amateur-built diesel-electric submarine UC3 Nautilus—testified that the death of Swedish reporter Kim Wall aboard the Nautilus was an accident. He also claimed that he dismembered her body and threw it into the ocean because he knew his career was over and burial at sea is a maritime tradition. He also claimed it was his intention to commit suicide by taking the sub to the depths of the Baltic Sea and sinking it.
According to a report from The New York Times, the judge called his account “not reasonable” and allowed prosecutors to raise the charges Madsen faces from involuntary manslaughter to the legal equivalent of murder. Madsen remains imprisoned for at least another four weeks, until his next court hearing in October.
Wall initially approached Madsen about his efforts to build a suborbital rocket through his organization RML Space Lab (the RM standing for “Rocket Madsen,” his nickname) and to launch himself into space. But she then became interested in his submarine, Madsen told the court. The Nautilus was to be used to assist in getting RML’s rocket out to its launch site in the Baltic Sea.
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