There was a time, not so long ago, that insurance companies refused to pay out life insurance claims for husbands who killed their wives, or vice-versa. Not anymore. Angelika Graswald killed her husband, Vincent Viafore. She pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. And now she has received a payment from his life insurance policy.
Graswald pulled the drain plug on her husband’s kayak in 2015. Viafore, unaware that his boat was taking on water, drowned when he lost control of his kayak in choppy water on the Hudson River.
Graswald, could have served four years in prison. She served only two. Just six weeks after her conviction, with credit for time served, she was released.
“She has spent the time since then trying to land the 45 per cent of his $1million life insurance policy payout and on Monday, she was awarded an undisclosed settlement from his mother and sister,” The Daily Mail writes.
“There is a financial settlement, the amount of which is confidential,” Anthony Piscionere, her attorney, said.
In addition to pulling the drain plug, Graswald reportedly pushed away her husband’s paddle,
For their part, the Viafore family is trying to put a positive spin on the payout. “It’s time to let this family move on,” Allan Rappleyea, the attorney representing the family told reporters.
Up until now, Viafore’s family has been fighting the payout. “It’s been a nightmare for the last almost three years,” Viafore’s mother told reporters. “She doesn’t deserve the money. She caused his death!”
“Of course she was reckless. She removed the cap, and the kayak filled up and he went in the river. And then she did something to the paddle.”
As the beneficiary of half of his life insurance policy, Graswald was entitled to $491,000.
Despite the obvious sabotage, and the plea deal, Graswald still maintains that her husband’s death was an accident. “I loved Vince very much and miss him terribly,” she said. “I don’t believe I was treated fairly.”
“This entire process was incredibly one-sided and unjust,” she wrote in a statement.