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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Stock Trader, 45, Tried to Frame Daughter, 9, for Wife's Murder

RodRod Covlin was 36 years old when he allegedly murdered his estranged wife on New Year's Eve of 2009. Shele Danishefsky Covlin, who was 47 at the time of her death, was in the middle of divorcing Rod and had a meeting arranged the next day to have him written out of her will. Her body was found in the bathtub of her Manhattan apartment and due to the strict religious beliefs of her Jewish family, no autopsy was performed at the time. However, her body was exhumed in 2010 and the medical examiner determined that she had been strangled.

The prosecution alleges that in 2013, Rod wrote an Apple note pretending to be his daughter Anna that supposedly confesses to pushing Shele into the bathtub and causing her mother's death. Anna was 9 years old at the time and in fact was the one that found Shele's body at 7 a.m. 

After the autopsy, Shele's family filed a wrongful death suit against Rod, though he was still not yet charged with murder. The judge ruled that Rod was not able to gain any of the money left to him in the will, nor that of the trust for the children, Anna and Myles. The children were placed in the care of Rod's parents after worries that he was abusive to Myles. In 2015, Rod was recorded by a girlfriend hatching a plan to marry off Anna to a Mexican teenage boy for $10,000. His hope was that once Anna was married, she would technically no longer be a minor, and Rod would have access to the $4 million trust fund left to the children by Shele.

See Jennifer Smith, Stock Trader, 45, 'Tried to Frame Daughter, 9, for Wife's Murder,' Daily Mail, January 8, 2019.

Special thanks to Molly Neace for bringing this article to my attention.

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