Sub-killer Peter Madsen recaptured after being taken hostage in prison break in Denmark


A Dane convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist has been caught after escaping from his suburban prison in Copenhagen by taking a psychologist hostage

Peter Madsen threatened a prison worker with what appeared to be a homemade explosive device before fleeing Herstedvester prison, pursued by guards, who alerted a nearby police patrol

Madsen had tried to hide in a white van, but officers surrounded the vehicle and dragged him outside They then handcuffed him to a fence while waiting for the demining officers to arrive

Tabloid Ekstra Bladet posted a video of Madsen sitting calmly on the grass, hands behind his back, while armed officers watched from a short distance After several hours, specialists established that the bomb-shaped object around his stomach was a fake

Police then arrested Madsen and returned him to custody. No one was physically injured in the escape, prison official Hanne Høegh Rasmussen said at a press conference on Tuesday, but she added that the incident had traumatized her employees

In 2018, Madsen was sentenced by the Copenhagen City Court to life in prison for killing Kim Wall, a 30-year-old Swedish journalist whom he lured aboard his homemade submarine with the promise of an interview He dismembered his body and threw it into the sea

Madsen – a prolific inventor – lost his appeal, shortly after apologizing to the victim’s family who were present at the appeals court in September, during a TV documentary, he confessed to the crime for the first time

Program creator Kristian Linnemann – who recorded more than 20 hours of phone conversations with Madsen from Herstedvester prison – said on Tuesday he was not surprised by the escape

« Peter Madsen sees himself at the center of events He loves to create stories He has a huge ego and thinks he is very unique, » Linnemann told Danish media

Madsen has been moved to another prison, said police inspector Mogens Lauridsen Life sentences in Denmark typically mean 16 years in prison, but convicts are reassessed to determine whether they would pose a danger to society if released and if they could be held for longer

The breakout is the latest twist in a case that has gripped Denmark since Wall failed to return from a trip on Madsen’s Nautilus submarine in August 2017 Madsen was a semi-celebrity at the time of his arrest He had made a name for himself after building three submarines and launching two crowdfunded manned space projects

He was convicted of premeditated murder, aggravated sexual assault and desecration of a corpse Trial judge, Anette Burkø, described the crime as « a cynical and preplanned sexual assault of a particularly brutal ”At the time of her death, Wall, 30, was a well-known journalist who had written for the Guardian and the New York Times

Madsen claimed that Wall died when an accident filled the ship with poisonous exhaust gas Burkø said it was « not credible and inconsistent with the decision to dismember the body » Madsen had changed his explanation of Wall’s death on several occasions, the judge noted

She said the court instead believed the prosecution theory that he sexually assaulted Wall to fulfill a violent sexual fantasy

It is unusual for a life sentence to be handed down for the murder of a single person in Denmark

Madsen admitted only one of the four counts, mistreating a corpse He confessed to dismembering Wall’s body after divers found his head, legs and clothing in Køge Bay, claiming that it had been necessary to cut it to remove it from the submarine

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