August 22, 2017

"That was what she did. She just wandered places. She trusted somebody, and then this is what happened."

Said Christopher Harress‏, a colleague of the 30-year-old free-lance reporter Kim Wall who took a ride on a "personal submarine" and never returned, quoted in "A man accused of killing a journalist on his private submarine ‘buried her at sea,’ police say" (WaPo).

The "inventor" of the submarine, Peter Madsen, says she died in an accident.
Before his story changed, Madsen told police that he dropped Wall off from the ship late on Aug. 10, and later barely made it after the ballast tank malfunctioned and the Nautilus sank in less than a minute. “I couldn’t close any hatches or anything,” Madsen told a Danish television station.

But a witness contradicted this. He told reporters that he saw Madsen emerge from the belly of the vessel and stay in the submarine's tower until water began pouring into it. Only then did Madsen swim to a nearby boat, the witness said. “There was no panic at all,” he told a Danish outlet. “The man was absolutely calm.”

38 comments:

john mosby said...

This is a variation on Lazlo's White Van......

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Hey, Babe, would you like to take a ride on my submarine?

William said...

First Captain Nemo, now this. Never trust men with their own private submarines. They're a bad lot.

MisterBuddwing said...

When the story changes from "I let her off safely" to "She died in an accident, so I buried her at sea," you'll forgive me for being skeptical.

Late word has it that a woman's torso - minus its heads and limbs - has turned up:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/torso-found-swedish-reporter-disappeared-article-1.3431924

rhhardin said...

Submarine races used to be an attraction.

Achilles said...

You had a submarine... and still screwed it up.

EDH said...

After Sea Monkeys, the "Polaris Sub" was one of the most memorable comic book ads.

And the decades-long delivery window can lead to a murderous rage.

"Oh, right, ads in comic books are always rip-offs out to sucker dumb little kids like me."

Laslo Spatula said...

@ EDH

"Get a Life" on youTube: you are going to be driving me into a binge session with that...

I am Laslo.

MayBee said...

One should be more skeptical when offered a ride on a homemade submarine.

Bob Boyd said...

The guy liked to tell his victims, "We all live in a yellow submarine. Unfortunately for you, this isn't a yellow submarine."

Laslo Spatula said...

She should've known something was up when he said "You want to see my periscope?"

That is a cock joke.

I am Laslo.

Laslo Spatula said...

She should've known something was up when he said "You want to see my torpedo?"

That is a cock joke also.

I am Laslo.

Laslo Spatula said...

Feel free to chime in with any submarine innuendo you can think of.

Here is the format:

She should've known something was up when he said "You want to see my _________?"

It works best with things that are like cocks.

I am Laslo.

Laslo Spatula said...

The submarine itself is kinda like a cock.

Women need to be careful around things that look like a cock.

I am Laslo.

D said...

Dont open the kimono Laslo.

The mystery of your artistic creativity needs to stay below the surface. Like a submarine enveloped by the waves of a deep blue sea.

It goes without saying that it is also meant literally.

Bob Boyd said...

He said, "I'm about ready to blow my ballast tanks. Do you need the head?"

rhhardin said...

A guy in charge of the cinema club at work sent out a fall schedule consisting entirely of WWII submarine movies, just to see what would happen.

rhhardin said...

Nowadays he'd land in human resources.

clint said...

Wow. Criminals really are stupid. If you've just killed someone in your submarine, for God's sake head for international waters and dump the body.

sinz52 said...

"Wow. Criminals really are stupid. If you've just killed someone in your submarine, for God's sake head for international waters and dump the body."

There was a case in the 1990s in which the chief geologist of one of the (often corrupt) junior gold mining companies in Canada died under mysterious circumstances:

He fell out of a private airplane in midair without a parachute.

If you suspect he was murdered, you don't need CSI to figure out who the prime suspects are.

Humperdink said...

Geez, the captain had a few alibis to choose from:

> There was a navy destroyer bearing down on them and they both went overboard. She didn't come back.
> She was insubordinate and as captain, he keelhauled her.
> He left her on an uncharted island to pick breadfruit.
> He caught her stealing strawberries from the mess.

Feste said...

Plato warned all rational men about the dangers of an innocent seeming wandering uterus.

William said...

If this were a Hollywood movie,, we would discover that the real murderer was actually her ex boy friend. Her ex boy friend was the spoiled and wicked son of a billionaire. The son used to be a big game hunter, but lately has taken to the more dangerous game of killing ex girl friends. The submarine captain is completely innocent and was set up by the billionaire's son. The true identity of the murderer is discovered by a hapless but shrewd detective played by Lena Dunham.

Richard said...

Was it yellow?

FullMoon said...
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Darrell said...

I watch enough Scandi Noir to know that Scandi murderers always act perplexed. "Why should I know why she was stabbed four times? Was she in my house? I din't see her. Maybe someone else came in and stabbed her. Unless you have a witness that saw me stab her you have to let me go. Why are you bothering me?"

vanderleun said...

"Hello, hello,
I like your smile.
Hello, hello,
Shall we dive awhile?
Would you like to ride in my submarine?
You know I'd never treat you mean."

Gahrie said...

Wow...murder convictions in Denmark are a lottery...you can get as few as 5 years all the way to life.

Henry said...

How to get away with murder?

1. Build submarine...

FullMoon said...

Darrell said...

I watch enough Scandi Noir to know that Scandi murderers always act perplexed. "Why should I know why she was stabbed four times? Was she in my house? I din't see her. Maybe someone else came in and stabbed her. Unless you have a witness that saw me stab her you have to let me go. Why are you bothering me?"
8/22/17, 11:18 AM


If it were Poirot, sub builder is adopted son and probable heir of terminally ill billionaire. Sub builder is only person who knows reporter is billionaires daughter from love affair with beautiful spy who left billionaire without informing him of pregnancy. Reporter is legitimate heir and must be eliminated.

Henry said...

Agatha Christie would never make the obvious murderer the murderer. The real murderer is the reporter herself, who sabotaged the submarine and faked her own death to cover for the murder of her sister. This is why the corpse was beheaded.

The hapless submarine inventor was supposed to go down with the ship, but he escaped and immediately muddied the situation by making up a false story to cover the fact that, in his opinion, he had just drowned an innocent woman in a faulty submarine. He didn't know until after the fact that there was no drowned woman in the submarine -- just a headless woman in the depths.

By the time the police figure out that the corpse is the sister, not the reporter, the reporter has travelled far away and assumed a new identity. That is when she withdraws the million dollars her sister's husband deposited for her in a Swiss account to do the job.

Jason said...

I knew the "Free Baitfish" sign on the side of the submarine was bad news.

Jonathan Graehl said...

'the implication'

George said...

There must be an easier way to get rid of journalists.

Mark Jones said...

"There must be an easier way to get rid of journalists."

Become a Democrat. They won't go away, but they won't ask questions of or about you either.

Mr. Fabulous said...

(World Famous Lurker says....)

Henry, I disagree with your assertion that "Agatha Christie would never make the obvious murderer the murderer." She actually did this quite often. An early example is "The Mysterious Affair At Styles", where Captain Hastings is introduced for the first time. The obvious suspect was the husband, a sinister black bearded man that the entire family disliked, and he had obvious motive. He did have an alibi, however....

In "Death on the Nile", the jilted girlfriend of the husband of the murder victim was the obvious culprit, and indeed, with her ex boyfriend killed the victim for her money, in a plot that started before the sham marriage to the victim.

In "Murder On The Orient Express", after initial questioning, there were a lot of obvious suspects, and they ALL did it!

One more, just off the top of my head: "Lord Edgware Dies". The obvious suspect, the wife, did kill her husband!

It is actually a quite common murder mystery plot device, typically dealing with the "unbreakable alibi".

William Chadwick said...

I've asked women to ride on my "personal submarine" and all I get is my face slapped.

Rusty said...

Her body has turned up sans the head. There was a weight tied to her.