Angelika Graswald, the "Kayak Killer," who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the drowning death of her fiancé, will sit down with Elizabeth Vargas on "20/20" on Friday at 10 p.m. for her first interview since she was released from prison.
According to ABC-TV, the show revisits the case with Vargas and Graswald, talking about the death of her fiancé, Vince Viafore, and what life is like now that she is free again.
The hour show includes footage of Graswald the day she was released from prison, her 911 call and interrogation tape, and interviews with Richard Portale, her defense attorney; Mary Ann Viafore, Vince’s mother; and Todd Wright, a kayak expert who goes back to the Hudson River where the mysterious tragedy occurred, ABC said.
Graswald was convicted of killing her 46-year-old Poughkeepsie financé during a Hudson River kayaking trip the couple took to Bannerman Island on April 19, 2015, in a case that has attracted national media attention. Graswald admitted that she facilitated Viafore’s drowning by removing the plug from his kayak and that she knew the locking clip on one of his paddles was missing.
She was also the beneficiary of his $250,000 life insurance policy which she did not forfeit her claim to with her plea.
"I can't comment on whether she will even try to collect the claim," Portale said. "This is still ongoing and there are so many variables pending."
Graswald, who had been married twice before, said after the sentencing that she still loved and missed Viafore.
"I am not a murderer. I’ve said that from the beginning. If I could do anything to bring Vince back, I would."
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