Angelika Graswald – A woman accused of murdering of her fiancé allegedly told investigators it “felt good knowing he was going to die” as she watched him drown after sabotaging his kayak, a court heard.
Latvian expatriate Angelika Graswald, 35, has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge over the death of Vincent Viafore while they were out paddling on the Hudson River on 19 April.
Police say he died 50 miles (80km) north of New York City near Bannerman Island, where Graswald was a gardening volunteer.
The 46-year-old was not wearing a life jacket and his body has not been found.
Julie Mohl, an assistant district attorney, said at a bail hearing on Wednesday that Graswald felt trapped in their relationship and stood to inherit $250,000 from Mr Viafore’s life insurance policies.
Ms Mohl did not detail how Graswald tampered with the kayak, but she said it filled with water and capsized.
She said Mr Viafore held on to his boat for up to 10 minutes, but Graswald did not call police until 20 minutes after his kayak had capsized.
Ms Mohl added that witnesses claimed Graswald had intentionally capsized her own kayak.
Angelika Graswald was pulled from the water and treated for hypothermia.
She gave a TV interview in which she tearfully said she watched Mr Viafore fall into the water.
But she later told investigators “it felt good knowing he would die”, according to Ms Mohl.
Graswald was held on a $3m bail.
Defence lawyer Richard Portale said he would investigate whether Graswald’s statements were made voluntarily.
I wonder if his body is even in that river,or if he was killed somewhere else.