Woman allegedly pulled fiancé’s paddle away as he drowned

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NEW YORK -- A woman was indicted Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter after her fiancé drowned on the Hudson River last month.

The indictment alleges that Angelika Graswald, 35, intentionally killed her fiancé, Vincent Viafore, 46, by removing a plug from his kayak so that it would fill with water, and tampering with his paddle.

It is also alleged that she moved the paddle away from him as he was struggling to stay afloat in the 40-degree water.   Police say she claimed to feel trapped in the relationship and "felt good knowing he was going to die."

Police also said she told them about her plans for the money she would receive from Viafore's life insurance policy.

Orange County 911 Center received a call that a kayak had capsized on the Hudson River on April 19.

First responders eventually found the two kayaks but couldn't find Viafore's body. Graswald had already been taken aboard another boat.

Officials were not able to find Viafore's body immediately.

The day after he went missing, Graswald posted several photos of herself and Viafore.

She also posted some photos captioned, "Good morning! Happy Saturday" and "I love you."

Then, on April 23 she posted a photo captioned, "If only I could have paddled harder, dammit..."

Viafore's body was recovered from the river and sent to the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office on May 23.

Graswald was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Viafore's death on April 30. She is being held in the Orange County Jail. Graswald's bail was set at $3,000,000 cash or a $9,000,000 bond.

CNN Newsource contributed information to this report

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.