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Netflix has an underrated true crime docu about a journalist who got murdered in a submarine

By Brooke Villanueva Published Nov 07, 2022 5:16 pm

Interested in true crime? Here’s a chilling true crime offering you might have overlooked on Netflix.

Dubbed Into The Deep, the docu film is about the “submarine case” that revolves around Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who was killed by her interview source Peter Madsen in the latter’s self-made submarine in Copenhagen in August 2017.

Wall sparked an interest in the Danish inventor’s rocket and submarine projects and decided to meet with Madsen for a special feature. She was given an opportunity to interview him and experience a ride in his DIY submarine, which was scheduled to run for two hours. 

One of Kim Wall's last photos before her death

Her boyfriend started to worry when she had not replied to his and her family’s messages, and had not come home hours later. 

Madsen was rescued the next day. He first told authorities and investigators that he took Wall back on land the night before, but retracted it a day later. He said that he, rather, brought her out of the submarine and “buried her at sea” after her head got hit by a hatch that caused her death. 

Three days later, Wall’s torso was located near the sunken submarine. Madsen had huge changes in his statement again. This time, he said she suffered carbon monoxide poisoning so he went on to dismember her body. 

A deeper investigation ensued in the next few months, where a saw as well as Wall’s clothes and other body parts were found in the water. 

Speculations of foul play heightened even further when police discovered that Madsen looked up the terms “beheading,” “girl,” and “agony” online the night before Wall’s murder. Also in his hard drive were videos of females getting tortured.

In January 2018, Madsen was charged with homicide “that took place with prior planning and preparation” and “sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly dangerous nature, as well as for dismemberment.” 

After his trial in the same year, the Danish man was sentenced to life in jail. 

In a series of secretly recorded phone conversations with another journalist while he was in prison, Madsen said yes when he was asked if he was responsible for the crime. “There is only one who is guilty, and that is me,” he said. 

Madsen eventually allowed the phone calls to be released to the public, which were then used in The Secret Recordings with Peter Madsen, another documentary on the submarine case that was released in 2020. 

Into The Deep was released in 2020 and got nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the “World Cinema – Documentary” category. The documentary film got added to Netflix’s true crime offerings just recently. Watch the trailer here: