In case you missed one of the most horrific murder confessions to make headlines this year, entrepreneur and aerospace engineer Peter Madsen confessed last month to the murder of Kim Wall, a journalist who disappeared after joining him on his 17-metre homemade submarine in August 2017.
Her dismembered torso was found off the coast of Copenhagen 10 days after she was reported missing, and her head, legs, and clothes were later discovered in bags at sea.
The confession came two years after he was found guilty of premeditated murder, aggravated sexual assault, and desecrating a corpse, for which he was sentenced to life in prison. Prior to this, he claimed that Wall’s death was an accident.
Clearly, Madsen had no intention of serving his sentence. Yesterday, October 20, he escaped Herstedvester jail in Copenhagen by taking a psychologist hostage.
The Guardian reports that Madsen threatened the prison employee with what looked like a homemade bomb strapped around his waist, before fleeing with guards in pursuit, who also alerted a nearby police patrol.
He tried to hide in a van, but law enforcement surrounded it, dragged him out, and handcuffed him to a fence while they waited for the bomb squad.
The Ekstra Bladet tabloid posted a video of Madsen sitting calmly on the grass with his hands behind his back while armed officers watched from a short distance away. After several hours, specialists established the belted bomb-like object around his stomach was a fake.
There, he sits:
Madsen’s confession was made during a telephonic interview with documentary maker Kristian Linnemann, who said that he was not surprised by the attempted escape.
“Peter Madsen sees himself at the centre of events. He loves to create stories. He has a huge ego and thinks himself to be very unique,” Linnemann told Danish media.
Madsen has been transferred to another prison.
Hopefully, his escape will add to the list of reasons that he should never step foot in the outside world ever again.
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