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Journalist’s body found

Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall was identified by DNA when her torso was found in the sea.

Entrepreneur Peter Madsen had invited Wall, a 30-year-old freelance journalist, to join him on what was supposed to be a short voyage aboard his private submarine Nautilus to show her his business plans. Fortunately the journalist had told her boyfriend about the trip and when the submarine failed to return as scheduled he raised the alarm and a major naval search was launched to find the vessel.

Rescuers found Madsen standing in the tower of the sunken Nautilus but there was no sign of the LSE-educated journalist. Madsen originally claimed that he had dropped her at an island in Copenhagen harbour, but prosecutors accused him of killing Wall. Her body was found several days later.

Kim Wall divided her time between New York and Beijing and wrote for the New York Times, Time Magazine and the Guardian. Her mother, Ingrid, said that she “gave voice to the weak, vulnerable and marginalised people. That voice had been needed for a long, long time, now it has been silenced.”

[infobox title=’Memorial’]A memorial fund has been set up in memory of Kim Wall.

The aim of the Fund is to allow a young female reporter to cover subculture, broadly defined, and what Kim liked to call ‘the undercurrents of rebellion’.

“Kim wanted more women to be out in the world, brushing up against life, and we would like to help bend the world in her vision,” a spokesman for the Kim Wall Memorial Fund explains.

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