“All of these years I have been so incredibly afraid and guilty about the night my mom died,” Covlin allegedly wrote.
“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! I didn’t mean to hurt her! I swear!,” the note read. “But she fell and i (sic) heard a terrible noise and the water started turning red and I tried to pull her head up but she remained still…”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office argued Covlin wrote the note and addressed it to his daughter’s law guardian, so that he could confuse authorities in the investigation.
Covlin is accused of strangling then-47-year-old Danishefsky to death in a bathtub inside her Upper West Side residence.
The couple had separated and going through a bitter divorce, and were living is different apartment in the same building. Their daughter found her mother dead in the bathroom.
“Danishefsky was scheduled to meet with a lawyer on Jan. 1. 2010 — the day after she died — to remove Covlin from her will. He stood to get half her roughly $4 million estate, with the rest going to their children.”
Investigators initially thought she had slipped and fallen because of the cut on the back of her head. Plus, her Orthodox Jewish family objected to an autopsy for religious reasons, so the cause of death was undetermined.
However, her body was eventually exhumed and autopsied, with her family’s permission, and examiners found that she’d been strangled, which would hardly be the act of a nine-year-old.
“Covlin lost out on the $5 million inheritance when his parents were granted custody of the couple’s children. Prosecutors allege that Covlin concocted a bizarre plan to kill them via sugar laced with rat poison — but he never followed through.”
“In another plan, prosecutors said Covlin allegedly told his own daughter to accuse her grandfather of raping her — and even instructed her how to break her own hymen. Covlin then allegedly told his girlfriend he might kidnap the girl, then 14, and marry her off to someone in Mexico.”
Jury selection in the murder trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 14.