In April 2015, Angelika Graswald was charged with second-degree murder following the drowning of her husband Vincent Viafore. Graswald is claiming the entire incident was an accident but prosecutors argued otherwise. Now, a judge on the case is allowing the entire 11-hour police interrogation of Graswald to be heard by the jury who must decide her fate.
“I’m like ripping in two halves,” she said, according to The New York Times. “You know, angels and demons. The demon side, it’s not a good side, and that side was telling me this is gonna happen. Just let it. But the good side was, ‘Save him, save him, save him. You’re strong.’”
Although Graswald never techincally confesses during this interrogation, there are several incidences of her expressing ambivalence about her husband's death. This includes the fact that she "had removed the drain plug from Mr. Viafore’s kayak, as well as a ring from his paddle."
Angelika had also complained of her husband's "interest in pornography and group sex."
One part of the conversation, in which Graswald converses in Russian, will be kept away from jurors. “Because a finding cannot be made that the statements were voluntary during the conversation in Russian, these statements and those that follow cannot be used by the People at trial,” wrote the judge.
As for the rest of the interrogation, it is largely unclear to what extent Graswald offered this information with full knowledge of the potential consequences. “Who’s Miranda?” she was heard asking a few hours after her Miranda rights had been read to her.
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