Angelika Graswald is accused of tampering with her fiance’s kayak to cause his drowning death, and afterward reportedly told investigators “it felt good knowing he was going to die.”
Graswald initially appeared to be the survivor of a tragic accident. She was pulled from the cold waters of the Hudson River last month after fiance Vincent Viafore had lost his grip on the kayak and drowned.
Afterward the 35-year-old Graswald gave tearful interviews saying she did all she could to save her fiance’s life.
“I saw him struggling a little bit,” The New York Times reports Graswald telling a local television station, News 12. “He was trying to figure out how to paddle the waves. And then I just saw him flip, right in front of me.”
But soon afterward, police came across Graswald’s diary, which contained entries in which she fantasized about his death. They arrested Angelika 10 days after the incident, putting handcuffs on her as she laid flowers on his grave.
When police interrogated Angelika Graswald she allegedly confessed to tampering with the kayak — and went so far as to say “it felt good knowing he was going to die,” prosecutors said at a bail hearing this week.
“I find it hard to believe that the troopers would hold a press conference [at her arrest two weeks ago] and not reveal that,” he told People magazine. “That they would say there were inconsistencies in her story. That’s a confession. We heard today a downright confession, but that’s not what we’ve been told all along. How did that morph from inconsistencies to a confession?”
There may be another reason why Angelika Graswald told police “it felt good knowing he was going to die.” Mohl said that Vincent Viafore had a $250,000 life insurance police, one that Graswald would have been able to cash in on in the event of his death.
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