A woman charged with killing her fiancée has admitted she tampered with his kayak and relished watching him sink to his death in the Hudson River, police said.
Angelika Graswald, 35, initially told police she had tried to save Vincent Viafore, 46, when he capsized in the choppy water near Poughkeepsie, New York, on April 19.
But according to detectives, her story became inconsistent – and witnesses said they saw her push him in.
Now, following intense cross-examination by detectives, former bartender Graswald has admitted to plotting Viafore’s death, and told police ‘it felt good knowing he was going to die’ because she felt trapped in their relationship, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The news comes as it emerges Graswald stood to land $250,000 in insurance pay-outs after the death of her long-term partner Vincent Viafore, 46, as she was a signatory on his two life plans – and had allegedly been planning what to do with the money.
On Wednesday morning at 11am police recovered a male body from the river, almost a month after Viafore disappeared on April 19. An autopsy is set for Thursday morning and the identity of the body has not been confirmed.
Hours later, Graswald appeared before prosecutors in Orange County, New York, to have her bail set at $3 million.
‘She stated that she tampered with the victim’s kayak…she knew it would contribute to his death,’ Assistant District Attorney Julie Mohl told the court.
Mohl added that Graswald knew she was the first name on Viafore’s two life plans and ‘talked about what she could do with the money’, estimated to be around $250,000.
Graswald’s lawyer Richard Portale has hit out at the statements delivered by prosecutors on Wednesday, insisting his client was coerced into making a statement that was twisted into a confession.
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