Out of Prison, Woman Recalls Seeing Fiance for the Last Time

Angelika Graswald comments on her 11-hour interrogation
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2018 8:29 AM CST
Out of Prison, Woman Recalls Seeing Fiance for the Last Time
In this Nov. 8, 2017 file photo, Angelika Graswald stands with her attorneys.   (Jim Sabastian/Times Herlad-Record via AP, Pool, File)

"I almost just want to go to Europe and leave it all behind," says Angelika Graswald, the Latvian woman released from prison in December after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide in connection with her boyfriend's death during an April 2015 kayaking trip. The New York Times reports that since her release, Graswald has been giving interviews in an apparent attempt to shape the coverage of her, and her conversation with the Times is no exception. "I’m not cold, and I'm not heartless," she says. "I love Vince. I love his family. ... I didn't just go out and coldheartedly let him die. I tried to help him. I tried to paddle toward him. It’s just not fair how they’re portraying me as a coldblooded murderer or killer." She says she faced dangerous waters that day, too, but managed to survive. "And now I'm guilty?"

She says she and Vincent Viafore were very hungover the day of their planned trip on the Hudson River, but decided to go forward with it anyway; prosecutors noted the couple had brought booze along with them, too. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports Viafore's blood alcohol concentration was 0.066. She says the statements she made to investigators that suggested she had intended for him to die came during an 11-hour interrogation during which she was hungry and exhausted (and also did yoga and hopscotched). In an interview that aired Friday on 20/20 she said she took the plea deal because she was told she could get out in December. ABC News reports on her recollection of the last time she saw Viafore, with just his head and arm above the water, telling her to call 911. Read her full interview here. (More kayaking stories.)

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