A man accused his 9-year-old daughter of murdering his wife to avoid jail

Cheryl Kahla
Jan 08, 2019
09:15 P.M.
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A stockbroker murdered his wife nearly a decade ago and tried to frame his daughter for the crime.


As reported by NY Post, the court heard this week that he forged a false written confession to frame his daughter three years later.

The 45-year-old Rod Covlin wrote the note on his daughter Apple's phone so that it would sync with her email account.


In the note, Covlin posed as the then 12-year-old daughter Anna and wrote:

"All of these years I have been so incredibly afraid and guilty about the night my mom died. I lied. She didn’t just slip. That day we got into a fight about her dating … I got mad, so I pushed her, but it couldn’t have been that hard!"

He added that "Anna" didn't mean to hurt her mother. When her mother fell, she "heard a terrible noise and the water started turning red."


Anna was only nine years old when Covlin murdered her mother by breaking her neck. He placed her in a chokehold and staged an accidental bath drowning.

The couple was going through a tough divorce at the time and his wife, Shele Danishefsky, met with her lawyer to discuss her will.


Covlin only became a suspect in her murder when his girlfriend alerted authorities to the case.

The court heard that Covlin was even planned on using his daughter to kill his parents by feeding them rat poison.

He also wanted to frame his father for raping Anna and had sent her instructions on how to violate herself with a cucumber to make it seem believable.


Thankfully, Anna didn't go through with his plan. He also wanted to sell his daughter when she 14 so he could control her inheritance.

Anna and her brother will inherit their money when they turn 18, but Covlin received a court order from Westchester County to invest the money on their behalf.


In a similar case, a father killed his rival by shooting him in the chest and told his son to take the blame because she was too young to be prosecuted.

Right after he shot the 32-year-old Lee Holt, he handed the gun to his son, who was later arrested at school for the suspicion of murder.

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