Woman Charged with Killing Fiancé: Told Authorities "It Felt Good" Watching Him Drown
An upstate New York woman charged with killing her fiancé told investigators she had sabotaged her lover's kayak and "It felt good knowing he was going to die," prosecutors said Wednesday.
Angelika Graswald, 36, who is accused of second-degree murder in the drowning death of lover Vincent Viafore, 46, told authorities she had tampered with his water craft and watched him drown in the Hudson River on April 19, according to Orange County Assistant District Attorney Julie Mohl.
The couple set off in separate kayaks about 4:15 p.m. and came ashore at Banneman's Island, where they spent about two hours, authorities said. On the return voyage, Viafore's kayak began taking on water and capsized.
"He went under water and drowned" at about 7:15 p.m., Mohl said in Wednesday's bail hearing, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Graswald waited for 25 minutes before calling 911 on her cellphone, Mohl said, then flipped over her own kayak.
Witnesses said the woman intentionally capsized her vessel, the prosecutor said.
Rescuers later pulled her from the water and she was treated for hypothermia.
After giving inconsistent statements to investigators, Graswald eventually acknowledged she staged the capsizing of her kayak to make it look like she had tried to save her fiancé.
Her attorney unsuccessfully sought to have his client released without bail Wednesday, but the judge set her bond at $3 million.
Graswald told investigators she "felt happiness and relief" while watching him drown, Mohl said.
The woman, who was the beneficiary on two life insurance policies belonging to Viafore, stood to gain about $250,000 after his death, the paper said.