‘Kayak killer’ assigned portion of the life insurance money from fiance killed them

A court settlement was reached in a kayak drowning of Vincent Viafore after his fiancée, Graswald, served prison time for criminal negligence murder.


A woman called the “kayak killer” — drowned her fiance by pulling the plug on the few small boat — was awarded a portion of his $491,000 life insurance payout Monday.

Angelika Graswald and the family of Vincent Viafore came to an agreement that would put the convicted Latvian native-a financial settlement, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.

“Everything is now resolved,” Graswald lawyer Anthony Piscionere told the news site. “There is a financial settlement, the amount of which is of a confidential nature. However, as a result of the settlement, the administrator of the estate is withdrawn, action to disqualify her from all funds.”

As part of the agreement, Viafore family agreed to drop the wrongful death lawsuit against Graswald. In exchange Graswald let her attraction in her murder case.


Viafore’s family filed the lawsuit to prevent Graswald of getting a penny from her former fiancée’s life insurance payout.

“It is a nightmare for the last, almost three years,” Viafore’s mother, Mary Ann Viafore, previously told the New York Post. “Not that they are earning the money. They caused his death!”

Graswald was released from prison in December after a stay of nearly three years behind bars for criminal negligence murder in Viafore’s death. She pulled the train plug on Viafore the kayak, while paddling on the Hudson River in 2015 and watched him drown. She then reported him missing until officials found his body a month later.

She admitted in court that they are not to her actions would lead to Viafore’s death.

“The criminal plea not to disqualify our client from taking these drugs. She still had to prove that they recklessly or intentionally committed this murder, and I think that was a very high bar for them to meet,” Piscionere told CBS New York.

Graswald was entitled to receive 45 percent of Viafore’s death benefits if the policy is the main beneficiary, according to the report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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