Slippery When Wet
ELLE · 2/26/19
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  • Pegeen - 2 weeks ago
    I found myself more interested in the castle on the Hudson than the couple involved in this story. They seemed to skim the surface, just like their kayaks. I have to admit, though, that I am guilty of the intrigue of an attractive female killer - male also. Maybe because they are easier to gaze upon as the horror unfolds. Whereas Charles Manson scared the crap out of me and I had nightmares! He had the most evil of eyes - gave me chills. Same with Capote’s In Cold Blood. Like rubber necking on an interstate - you have to look!
    • bill - 2 weeks ago
      Interesting! I agree about the unavoidable intrigue of an attractive female killer. I’m thinking of Lady MacBeth, one of my favorite Shakespeare characters. Were you not moved by the injustice of her story? It seemed so deeply unfair to me, what happened to her, and I assumed that everyone would have a similar response.

      Kayak plugs are always missing. Ive assumed the top ones were basically optional. (And yes, the castle is also fascinating!)
      • Pegeen - 2 weeks ago
        I went back and reread the article. Perhaps I was not drawn in because it was not unfolding on television nightly, the way you experienced it. I was certainly riveted to the TV when the whole O.J Simpson drama took off down the Los Angeles freeway in a white Bronco back in 1994. Of course, OJ was a sports idol, so this made the coverage all the more unbelievable and spectacular. I agree that the statistics at the time concerning wrongful convictions cause for concern: 64% of wrongful women convictions show evidence suggesting no crime took place at all. 23% for men. Average interrogation is 30 minutes to 2 hours. False confessions usually happen when an interrogation goes over 8 hours - which hers did. Plus, “Women who don’t express grief the way we expect them to triggers us in a really exaggerated way.” All seemingly unfair. BUT, Graswald had motive - $550,000 life insurance beneficiary; disliked her fiance’s controlling, manipulative and forceful sexual proclivities. “I wanted him dead and now he is gone. And I’m okay with that.” Graswald’s self - assessment rings true, “I’m complicated.” However, that’s not a good response when you are dealing with law enforcement! In the end, I tend to agree with the psychiatrist’s evaluation: “She is manic, inflated and grandiose, impulsive and lacking judgment.” I’m sure that could also describe me at a certain point in my young life!
        • bill - 1 week ago
          Haha. "That’s not a good response when you are dealing with law enforcement!" is so so so true.

          Can't upvote this comment enough!!
  • joanne - 2 weeks ago
    How did this get by me ? Fascinating, woman murders seem so detached from emotional rationality while men so angrily passionate.. It’s not hard for me to see some cohersion from the cops . But she was easy prey. The hotel California does seem over the top the yoga right on. That one legged wheel is the real thing .
  • bill - 2 weeks ago
    I want to (but never will) write a short story about Angelika’s singing of Hotel California at a bar in the immediate aftermath. That shit is crisp! Better than fiction! Harrowing and haunting, yet poignant and powerful. Beautiful, even.

    Jennifer Lawrence would make an excellent Angelika; the roller coaster of emotions, one too many shots at the bar, and then the lights dim and everyone falls silent:

    “....On a dark desert highway,
    cool wind in my hair.”
  • bill - 2 weeks ago
    Case (finally) closed! Huge kudos to ELLE and long live Angelika!!!

    I remember this case well. I followed it closely (in the tabloids) while eating breakfast bagels back when I lived in Brooklyn. (Also: Tabloids are a nightmare. We should all steer clear.) I remember being fascinated by the whole thing because I love kayaking and I know that exact island and that exact spot on the river near Breakneck Ridge.

    I’m glad that this is going to get the “Netflix treatment,” although that also concerns me in a Black Mirrory kind of way — Is Hollywood the new court of public opinion?

    Judge Robert Freehill should be punished in some way. His remarks at the ruling are extremely disturbing. Down with the male-dominated criminal justice system! This wouldn’t have happened with a healthier dose of female energy.

    For a cop to trick someone into thinking that a criminal interrogation in “therapy” is also a horrible lie that should be punished.