Death on the River: A Fiancee's Dark Secrets and a Kayak Trip Turned Deadly (Mass Market)

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In Death on the River, bestselling true crime author Diane Fanning recounts a tragic kayak accident that left one man dead—and his fiancée arrested for his murder.


It seemed like the perfect romantic afternoon: a kayaking trip for two on the Hudson River. But it ended in tragedy when beautiful, blonde Angelika Graswald called 911 to report that her fiancé, the handsome and athletic Vincent Viafore, had fallen into the choppy frigid waters. Authorities assumed it was an accident. But when the bereft bride-to-be posted videos of herself doing cartwheels on social media—shortly before Vincent’s body was found—suspicions of murder rose to the surface…

After hours of questioning, Angelika made several shocking admissions. She said she felt “trapped” and fed up with Vincent’s “demanding” sexual lifestyle: the nightlife, the strip clubs, the threeways. “I wanted him dead,” she had said, even though she insisted that she didn’t kill him. But as more lurid details emerged—including a $250,000 life insurance policy—a killer question remained: Did Angelika remove the plug of her fiancé’s boat…and knock away his paddle as he sank?

About the Author

DIANE FANNING is the author of the Edgar Award finalist Written in Blood: A True Story of Murder and a Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret That Tore a Family Apart, as well as several other true-crime books (available from St. Martin’s) and the Secret City mystery series. She lives in Bedford, Virginia.

Praise For…

Praise for Diane Fanning:

“Diane Fanning goes behind the headlines to provide a heartbreaking account of a case that shocked the nation.” —CBS News for Mommy's Little Girl

“A straightforward, no-frills narrative about how events unfolded after the disappearance of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony.” —Orlando Sentinel for Mommy's Little Girl

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250092045
ISBN-10: 1250092043
Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime
Publication Date: April 30th, 2019
Pages: 304
Language: English