In this Kim Wall wiki, we’ll take a look at the life of Swedish journalist whose life ended under debated circumstances.
We’ll follow everything from her education and beginnings as a journalist, to the tragic and senseless end of her life. This is everything you need to know about Kim Wall.
Early Years and Education
Kim Isabel Fredrika Wall was born in Trelleborg, Scania, Sweden on March 23, 1987. Her parents are Ingrid and Joachim Wall. She also had a younger brother named Tom. It was at Malmö Borgarskola in Malmö, Sweden where Wall went into an international education stream that helped develop her interest in international news and studies.
Wall obtained her bachelor’s degree at London School of Economics and Political Science in 2011 with a focus on international relations. As part of her program, she spent a few months studying at the University of Bejing.
This was followed by an admission to Columbia University where she studied for a dual master’s degree in international affairs and journalism.
Wall’s career in journalism was relatively short. But the amount she managed to accomplish in that time is impressive.
During her career, she wrote for a number of publications including Vice, The Guardian, The New York Times, Time, and Slate.
German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung awarded Wall the Hansel Mieth Prize for Best Digital Reporting. The prize was awarded for her work on a story about climate change and nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands called “Exodus.”
Kim Wall’s Death
Kim Wall died on either August 10 or August 11, 2017. She accepted an invitation by inventor and engineer Peter Madsen to interview him on his submarine, UC3 Nautilus. She did not return home alive.
On August 11, Madsen’s sub was located as it began to sink. He was rescued by a private boat. Initially, he claimed that he dropped Wall off the evening before, but soon changed that story to one that had Wall die due to an accident. Two weeks later, Wall’s torso washed up on a beach. The rest of her dismembered body part was found later.
Madsen was eventually charged with Wall’s murder. Prosecutors allege that he planned from the start to torture and murder Wall. He denied that he murdered Wall, claiming that her death was an accident. The trial began on March 8, 2017, and is scheduled to go until April 25.
While her life and career may have been cut short, Wall left a very good legacy. Her stories still exist and the best of which can be found on a memorial website named in her honor.
Wall’s family and friends also set up the Kim Wall Memorial Fund, which aims to help fund female reporters to cover stories of subcultural value. The fund hopes to help out and inspire the kind of writer Wall was, and wanted to be.