Kim Wall, in her mother's words

Exactly one year after the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, her mother recorded a 90-minute radio programme, explaining how the family have coped and what she hopes others can learn from her daughter's life and death.

Catherine Edwards
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Kim Wall. AFP/Tom Wall

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The focus, though, is on Kim's life. A year after the 30-year-old journalist disappeared, people gathered to celebrate her by carrying out runs in her name across the world. These events brought people together in the cities Kim lived and worked in, and raised money for the fund started in her memory to support women journalists.

Her mother, Ingrid Wall, presented Sommar i P1, a radio programme which invites guests from all walks of life to talk about an issue close to their hearts. 

The programme is extremely moving as Wall talks about Kim's upbringing, their close relationship, the struggle to cope during the past year, and the love and support she has found from family, Kim's friends, and even complete strangers. She is determined that her daughter's legacy will live on, through her journalism and the initiatives set up in her honour.

"In ten years I hope to barely remember who [her daughter's killer] Peter Madsen was. On the other hand, Kim will live and grow," she says.

Details from the story:

  • The English-language version of the radio show can be heard here
  • It is very unusual for Sommar i P1 episodes to be released in English, but organizers wanted this one to be heard by as many people as possible
  • Kim Wall disappeared on August 10th, 2017 after going out on a submarine trip with Danish inventor Peter Madsen whom she planned to interview for an article
  • The inventor was found guilty of her murder earlier this year, and sentenced to life in prison.
  • It took more than 100 days for Kim's body to be recovered by police in its entirety, but the fact this was possible was a "relief", her mother said

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