A woman accused of killing her fiance while out paddling on the Hudson River admitted tampering with his kayak and later confessed “it felt good knowing he would die,” a prosecutor said.
Angelika Graswald, 35, has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Vincent Viafore in choppy, chilly water on the evening of April 19. Police say he died 50 miles north of New York City near Bannerman Island, a scenic ruin near the east shore where the long-time US resident from Latvia volunteered as a gardener.
Viafore, 46, was not wearing a life jacket and his body hasn’t been found.
Assistant District Attorney Julie Mohl said at a bail hearing that Graswald felt trapped and stood to benefit by $250,000 from life insurance policies. Mohl did not detail how Graswald tampered with her fiance’s kayak but said it filled with water and capsized. Viafore held onto his boat for 5 to 10 minutes, but Graswald called 911 some 20 minutes after his kayak capsized. Witnesses say she intentionally capsized her kayak, Mohl said.
Graswald was rescued by another boater and treated for hypothermia.
She later told investigators that she felt relief and “it felt good knowing he would die,” Mohl said.
The judge set bail for Graswald, who appeared in court in shackles and an orange jumpsuit, at $3 million cash
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