Angelika Graswald confessed to deliberately sabotaging her fiance’s kayak knowing he would drown in the icy waters below, according to chilling new testimony.
A New York police investigator has publicly described for the first time a 45-minute walk he took with 36-year-old Graswald that led her to be charged with killing her fiance Vincent Viafore.
Viafore, 46, disappeared in the Hudson River’s rough, cold waters on April 19, 2015, while visiting Bannerman Island with his then future bride. The couple had paddled to the island where they spent the day drinking beer and taking photos before Viafore vanished on the return trip.
Investigator Donald DeQuarto testified Graswald removed the plug from Viafore’s kayak, ensuring it would capsize, and snatched away his paddle, New York Times reports.
DeQuarto said that Viafore begged Graswald to call 911 as he floundered in the choppy waters without a life vest, but she “kind of reached over and took his paddle from him and strapped it onto her kayak.”
Asked if she removed the plug so he would drown, she allegedly paused before admitting, “I guess I did”.
His testimony comes on the fourth day of a pre-trial hearing to assess how investigators obtained their evidence against Graswald.
Graswald was treated as a mourning fiancee for 10 days while divers searched for Viafore's body until detectives took her to the island and DeQuarto had a lengthy, one-on-one conversation with her. The next day, she was interrogated by police for 11 hours.
When DeQuarto asked how she felt about Viafore's death, she allegedly said: "Fine. Over It."
"She felt like herself. She felt free," he said.
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