Alleged Kim Wall killer accused of 'psychopathic tendencies'

The Danish man accused of killing journalist Kim Wall has “psychopathic tendencies” and exhibited “no empathy or feelings of guilt,” according to prosecutors.

Peter Madsen pleaded not guilty on Thursday at the first day of his trial in Copenhagen, where he took the 30-year-old Swede aboard his homemade submarine as she was writing a story about him last August.

Wall’s dismembered body parts were later found washed shore, and prosecutor Jakub Buch-Jepsen said that Madsen, a 47-year-old known for making his own rocket, had plotted out the way he was going to torture and kill his victim.

Madsen also allegedly had texts and videos about torturing women on his computer, the court heard.

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A court sketch shows accused Peter Madsen (L) and the prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen (standing) on the first day of the trial in Copenhagen, Denmark March 8, 2018. Anne Gyrite Sch�tt/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen arrives at the courthouse where the trial of Danish inventor Peter Madsen, charged with murdering and dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade submarine, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark March 8, 2018. Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen arrives at the courthouse where the trial of Danish inventor Peter Madsen, charged with murdering and dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade submarine, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark March 8, 2018. Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
Defense attorney Betina Hald Engmark arrives at the courthouse where the trial of Danish inventor Peter Madsen, charged with murdering and dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade submarine, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark March 8, 2018. Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
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Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen speaks to the press as he arrives at the courthouse in Copenhagen on March 8, 2018 at the opening of the trial for Danish inventor Peter Madsen charged with murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall on board his homemade submarine last year. ? / AFP PHOTO / Ritzau Scanpix / Mads Claus Rasmussen / Denmark OUT (Photo credit should read MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Press and hearers line up in front of the courthouse in Copenhagen on March 8, 2018 at the opening of the trial for Danish inventor Peter Madsen charged with murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall on board his homemade submarine last year. ? / AFP PHOTO / Ritzau Scanpix / Mads Claus Rasmussen / Denmark OUT (Photo credit should read MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Danish submarine owner and inventor Peter Madsen lands with the help of the Danish defence in Dragor Harbor south of Copenhagen, Denmark August 11, 2017. Scanpix Denmark/Bax Lindhardt/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK.
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The trial is complicated by the fact that no exact cause of death has been given for Wall, though authorities have said they believe the inventor, who also faces charges of mishandling a corpse and sexual assault without intercourse, strangled her.

Madsen has admitted dismembering her body, but his account, which has shifted multiple times, says that the journalist died after an accident on the submarine.

When radioed about problems the night of the alleged attack, he said that he had already dropped off Wall ashore and was only experiencing technical problems.

He said in court Thursday that he was “in total denial of what happened” at the time, but did not elaborate on how his guest may have died.

The accused killer was silent and looked downwards as prosecutors led the beginning of the trial, which was attended by more than one hundred journalists from around the world.

Loved ones of Wall, a freelancer who had written for outlets such as The Guardian, have helped establish a fund for young women journalists in her name and hope she is remembered for her work rather than her death.

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A photo of Swedish journalist Kim Wall who was aboard a submarine "UC3 Nautilus" before it sank. TT NEWS AGENCY/ Tom Wall Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN. NO COMMERCIAL SALES. MANDATORY CREDIT
Members of the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) assist police in the search in the Kim Wall case at Kalvebod Faelled in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 23, 2017. Scanpix Denmark/Martin Sylvest/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK.
The home-made submarine "UC3 Nautilus", built by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who is charged with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall in his submarine, sails in the harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark, August 10, 2017. Picture taken August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Thompson
Danish submarine owner and inventor Peter Madsen lands with the help of the Danish defence in Dragor Harbor south of Copenhagen, Denmark August 11, 2017. Scanpix Denmark/Bax Lindhardt/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK.
The home-made submarine "UC3 Nautilus", built by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who is charged with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall in his submarine, sails in the harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark, August 10, 2017. Picture taken August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Thompson
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 12: A salvage vessel arrives a Copenhagen Harbor with the privately owned and built submarine, Nautilus, which sank near Copenhagen Friday morning, and where the suspected murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall is assumed to have taken place, on August 12, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The submarine sailed out of Copenhagen harbor Thursday evening with owner Peter Madsen and Kim Wall onboard. Later the submarine sank in 7 metres of water. Peter Madsen was safely rescued but the Swedish journalist was missing and Madsen was subsequently arrested by the police and charged for murder. Madsen claimed that the woman was put ashore before the submarine sank. Madsen appeared for a preliminary examination at the Copenhagen Court Saturday afternoon. Police are now to investigate the submarine, which is built by Madsen himself. The Swedish journalist is still being searched for by the police. Her identity was released Saturday by her family to Danish broadcaster TV2.(Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Peter Madsen, Danish inventor, engineer, rocket- and u-boat builder, talks about entrepreneurship during Danish Business Day event held in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 9, 2017. Scanpix Denmark/Ida Marie Odgaard/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK.
A unit of the Swedish Sea Rescue Society searches for the missing swedish journalist Kim Wall, at the Lundakra Bay between Barsebaeck and Landskrona on August 15, 2017. The Swedish journalist is missing after a trip with Danish inventor Peder Madsen's DIY submarine Nautilus in Oresund. / AFP PHOTO / TT News Agency / Johan NILSSON / Sweden OUT (Photo credit should read JOHAN NILSSON/AFP/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -AUGUST 13: The privately owned submarine, Nautilus, which is the suspected crime scene for the assumed murder on Swedish journalist Kim Wall, arrives to it's destination where further forensic police investigation wil take place near Copenhagen harbor on August 13, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The submarine sailed out of Copenhagen harbor Thursday evening with owner Peter Madsen and Kim Wall onboard. Later the submarine sank in 8 meters water. Peter Madsen was safely rescued but the Swedish journalist was missing and Madsen was subsequently arrested by the police and charged for murder. Madsen claimed that the woman was put ashore before the submarine sank. Madsen appeared for a preliminary examination at the Copenhagen Court Saturday afternoon. Police are now to investigate the submarine, which is built by Madsen himself. The Swedish journalist is still being searched for by the police. Her identity was released Saturday by her family to Danish broadcaster TV2.(Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -AUGUST 13: Police begin their forensic investigation work on the privately owned submarine, Nautilus, which is the suspected crime scene for the assumed murder on Swedish journalist Kim Wall on August 13, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The submarine sailed out of Copenhagen harbor Thursday evening with owner Peter Madsen and Kim Wall onboard. Later the submarine sank in 8 meters water. Peter Madsen was safely rescued but the Swedish journalist was missing and Madsen was subsequently arrested by the police and charged for murder. Madsen claimed that the woman was put ashore before the submarine sank. Madsen appeared for a preliminary examination at the Copenhagen Court Saturday afternoon. Police are now to investigate the submarine, which is built by Madsen himself. The Swedish journalist is still being searched for by the police. Her identity was released Saturday by her family to Danish broadcaster TV2.(Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Danish submarine owner and inventor Peter Madsen lands with the help of the Danish defence in Dragor Harbor south of Copenhagen, Denmark August 11, 2017. Picture taken August 11, 2017. Scanpix Denmark/Bax Lindhardt/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -AUGUST 13: The privately owned submarine, Nautilus, which is the suspected crime scene for the assumed murder on Swedish journalist Kim Wall, is carried out of Copenhagen harbor on a truck for further forensic police investigation taking place near the harbor on August 13, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The submarine sailed out of Copenhagen harbor Thursday evening with owner Peter Madsen and Kim Wall onboard. Later the submarine sank in 8 meters water. Peter Madsen was safely rescued but the Swedish journalist was missing and Madsen was subsequently arrested by the police and charged for murder. Madsen claimed that the woman was put ashore before the submarine sank. Madsen appeared for a preliminary examination at the Copenhagen Court Saturday afternoon. Police are now to investigate the submarine, which is built by Madsen himself. The Swedish journalist is still being searched for by the police. Her identity was released Saturday by her family to Danish broadcaster TV2.(Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -AUGUST 13: The privately owned submarine, Nautilus, which is the suspected crime scene for the assumed murder on Swedish journalist Kim Wall, is carried out of Copenhagen harbor on a truck for further forensic police investigation taking place near the harbor on August 13, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The submarine sailed out of Copenhagen harbor Thursday evening with owner Peter Madsen and Kim Wall onboard. Later the submarine sank in 8 meters water. Peter Madsen was safely rescued but the Swedish journalist was missing and Madsen was subsequently arrested by the police and charged for murder. Madsen claimed that the woman was put ashore before the submarine sank. Madsen appeared for a preliminary examination at the Copenhagen Court Saturday afternoon. Police are now to investigate the submarine, which is built by Madsen himself. The Swedish journalist is still being searched for by the police. Her identity was released Saturday by her family to Danish broadcaster TV2.(Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -AUGUST 13: The privately owned submarine, Nautilus, which is the suspected crime scene for the assumed murder on Swedish journalist Kim Wall, arrives to it's destination where further forensic police investigation wil take place near Copenhagen harbor on August 13, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The submarine sailed out of Copenhagen harbor Thursday evening with owner Peter Madsen and Kim Wall onboard. Later the submarine sank in 8 meters water. Peter Madsen was safely rescued but the Swedish journalist was missing and Madsen was subsequently arrested by the police and charged for murder. Madsen claimed that the woman was put ashore before the submarine sank. Madsen appeared for a preliminary examination at the Copenhagen Court Saturday afternoon. Police are now to investigate the submarine, which is built by Madsen himself. The Swedish journalist is still being searched for by the police. Her identity was released Saturday by her family to Danish broadcaster TV2.(Photo by Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
A unit of the Swedish Sea Rescue Society searches for the missing swedish journalist, Kim Wall, at the Lundakra Bay, between Barsebaeck and Landskrona, on August 15, 2017. The Swedish journalist is missing after a trip with Danish inventor Peder Madsen's DIY submarine Nautilus in Oresund. / AFP PHOTO / TT News Agency / Johan NILSSON / Sweden OUT (Photo credit should read JOHAN NILSSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) (Danish: Beredskabsstyrelsen) assist police at Kalvebod Faelled in search of missing body parts of journalist Kim Wall close to the site where her torso was found, in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 23, 2017. Scanpix Denmark/Martin Sylvest/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
Members of the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) (Danish: Beredskabsstyrelsen) assist police at Kalvebod Faelled in Copenhagen on August 23 2017 in search of missing bodyparts of journalist Kim Wall close to the site where her torso was found on Monday, August 21. Scanpix Denmark/Martin Sylvest/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
Members of the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) (Danish: Beredskabsstyrelsen) assist police at Kalvebod Faelled in search of missing body parts of journalist Kim Wall close to the site where her torso was found, in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 23, 2017. Scanpix Denmark/Martin Sylvest/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
Members of the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) (Danish: Beredskabsstyrelsen) assist police at Kalvebod Faelled in Copenhagen on August 23 2017 in search of missing bodyparts of journalist Kim Wall close to the site where her torso was found on Monday, August 21. Scanpix Denmark/Martin Sylvest/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
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