What’s Current: Peter Madsen found guilty of killing Kim Wall; sentenced to life in prison

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Peter Madsen
  • Peter Madsen has been found guilty of the mutilation, torture, and murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, and sentenced to life in prison. The Danish inventor was a prolific user of snuff pornography and consumed it directly before her murder.
  • An ex-cop has been arrested in connection with the Golden State killings between 1976 and 1986. The FBI believes the man is responsible for more than 45 rapes and 12 homicides.
  • Trial by Monkeywood Theatre explores the topic of life after an unsuccessful rape trial, using stories of real survivors.
  • Cabinet Minister Liz Truss is under fire from trans activists after supporting Mumsnet for letting its users “question the tenets” of transgenderism.
  • The royal family has a third child on the public dime in the same year legislation was implemented preventing families from claiming tax benefits for more than two children.
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  • M. Zoidberg

    MRA babies defending their right to porn in the comments under the Bindel article about Peter “Rot-in-Hell” Madsen. *Sigh* One step forward, two steps back, eh?

    • Eva Jasmena

      I remember seeing a Youtube video where Ted Bundy warned of the dangers of pornography just a few days before his execution. Sure people could ignore what he had to say because he was a serial killer, but who knows what creates a serial killer better than a serial killer? If Ted Bundy thought it important to point out how pornography contributed to his behaviour, then perhaps we should take note.

      This doesn’t apply just to men by the way. I was abused and later became addicted to watching porn and other acts. I won’t deny that it quickly escalated to violent porn. It’s like a drug and it’s dangerous regardless of the sex of the viewer.

      • therealcie

        That happened to me too. Molested by an adult relative as a young child, full-on raped twice as an adult, most of my sexual experiences were coercive in my teens. I was drawn to watching porn for many years and even did affiliate work promoting porn sites for awhile. One day while looking for promotional material, I accidentally stumbled across an image of a young Asian girl, probably about eight to ten years old, performing oral sex on a man. At that point in time I didn’t know how to report such images to the FBI or Interpol, so I shut the browser and sat there shaking and feeling sick. I also stopped doing affiliate work for porn sites. I’d started to think it was pretty sketchy territory with a lot of the fetish sites, but that was the turning point. It didn’t stop me from having a compulsion to watch it, that wouldn’t come for another approximately 15 years when I finally found someone who made me feel like I was worth something. I always felt ashamed for watching porn, but for a lot of us who have been abused, we have learned that sex = abuse, at least on a subconscious level.

        • Eva Jasmena

          I’d turned to femdom porn ironically, and that had made me somewhat sexually abusive in some cases. I’d been sexually abused and even raped more than a few times (sex trade), but on one odd occasion with a buyer, the abuse was reciprocal. He paid me for protected sex and I forced unprotected sex onto him.

          I’m not proud of it and I’m certainly not excusing my behaviour. I own what I did. I’m just saying though that porn and prostitution and sexual abuse can screw with the mind in ways we can’t even fathom. Porn, alcohol, gambling, anything to distract.

    • Eva Jasmena

      This is an interesting video on the subject:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NWfys7q4x4&t=58s

  • Elara

    Peter Madsen’s killing of Kim Wall has been all over Scandinavian newspapers since it was first brought up. The media have done their very best to find absolutely every disturbing detail to write about. It’s perverse and vulgar how they love to write about dead women, especially those who suffered greatly at the hands of men. No respect for those left behind, as if they weren’t in enough pain already.

    May she rest in peace and her loved ones taken good care of.

  • Wren

    May Madsens’ time in jail be brutal and violent and painfully long.

    He is “a man motivated by dangerous sexual motives, who moved on the fringes of sadomasochistic societies and had an unusual interest in the killing and mutilation of women.”

    This is the only thing they got wrong. He is not on the FRINGES, he embodies the essence of most men’s sexuality.

    • Tinfoil the Hat

      Exactly. He’s the goddam mainstream.

  • Madsen’s snuff porn was free speech, but his brutal femicide was proven to have occurred outside the extra-legal and torture-free zone of porn.

    Since he’s 47, that “life sentence” better damn be exactly that in Denmark.

    • Hekate Jayne

      Texas just ruled this past week that nude selfies that women share with intimate partners are free speech of the guy with the picture on his phone. Someone please correct me, if I am wrong in my understanding.

      This is yet more objectification. We are the speech of pervy dudes.

      Males need female bodies. We are incubators for THEIR offspring, we are holes for them to fuck. We are maids to clean up after them. We are nurses when they are sick.

      And now, our naked bodies are THEIR free fucking speech. While women are being questioned by the fucking police and women are being kicked off Twitter for calling a male, he.

    • TwinMamaManly

      It’s not, it’s 16 years. But the authorities have the power to indefinitely continue to hold him after that if he is deemed to continue to be a danger to others.

      • catlogic

        It always outrages me that possible (probable, rather) future crimes seem to matter more than the ones already committed. The lives that have been shattered or taken are less important – especially when they are women or children, of course. Can’t go suggesting it wasn’t a mistake and he’s not really a Nice Boy underneath it all by simply locking him up for the term of his natural life, now can we? Or better yet, putting him down.

        • Anon

          They don’t do either of those things in Denmark, sadly.

  • TwinMamaManly

    I genuinely hope the trans activists nutters keep going on the path they are – the more unhinged and accusatory and violent and cry-me-a-river-I’m-a-victim-too and encroaching on women and children’s and lesbians safe spaces that is reported in the MSM, the sooner the general public might wake up to their insidious and predatory and misogynistic agenda.

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  • Jani

    Diana was effectively in an arranged marriage. Her role was to produce “an heir and a spare”. Once she’d given birth to her second child she knew her marriage was over. Her husband continued his relationship with the woman who became his second wife throughout this sham marriage. Diana developed, in her own words, “rampant bulimia” as a consequence of her emotional distress. She may have been born into the aristocracy, but she was a human being and went through the same experiences as many women who find themselves trapped in dysfunctional marriages. Privately, Diana was a supporter of a women’s refuge local to me. She was also a huge supporter of AIDS/HIV groups and showed publically that it was perfectly safe to touch someone with HIV when there was so much public prejudice. I’m no fan of royalty but I think Diana deserves at least some respect for her honesty about her eating disorder and her post natal depression, and for supporting causes that were very stigmatised at the time. Having wealth and privilege doesn’t have to eradicate someone’s humanity.

    • FierceMild

      “Having wealth and privilege doesn’t have to eradicate someone’s humanity.” Very true, it also doesn’t eradicate her femaleness.

  • FierceMild

    Thank you

  • Anon

    Yes, that’s their legal system.