News & Opinion | October 20, 2020 11:07 am

Danish Submarine Murderer Peter Madsen Uses Bomb Threat in Prison Break

Madsen, who is serving a life sentence for the 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, was captured

Danish Submarine Murderer Peter Madsen Uses Bomb Threat to Escape Prison
A police marksman and his dog observe convicted killer Peter Madsen threatening police with a bomb.
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In a story that sounds like it came out of Hollywood, the Danish inventor who was sent to prison after being convicted of murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine briefly escaped from confinement after taking a hostage and possibly threatening authorities with a bomb.

Madsen did not get far and was caught about 430 yards away from the prison as he tried to flee on Tuesday morning, according to Western Copenhagen police.

Madsen, 49, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Wall in 2018. The year before, he lured the 30-year-old reporter aboard his UC3 Nautilus submarine with the promise of an interview for a story. He was also found guilty of sexual assault and the defilement of a corpse for dismembering Wall’s body and dumping it in the Baltic Sea.

“Kim wanted to give a voice to people who didn’t have one,” Joachim Wall, her father, said in a recent interview with The New York Times. “She was always looking for the story behind the story.”

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