Cops Charge Indiana Man With Murdering Wife in 1990 After He Confesses to Daughter

A 51-year-old man has been charged with the 1990 slaying of his former wife after his daughter told police that he confessed to killing her, authorities said.

Prosecutors on Friday charged Rodney Boesel of Gary with murder in the death of Donna Boesel, then 22, said Lake County Sheriff Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez.

Authorities said the confession came as Alicia Boesel, 19, was looking at a machete in his home Wednesday.

"He said, 'What are you doing looking at that? You don't know what to do with that," Alicia Boesel said at a news conference. "Then he told me he was going to slice my throat with it like he did my mother."

After five hours of questioning, he told detectives he had killed his wife, but did not use a knife, authorities said. "He said, 'I knew this day was coming. My life is over,"' Detective Shaw Spurlock said.

One night during sex, he grabbed Donna Boesel by the neck and it snapped, Spurlock said.

Rodney Boesel waived his rights, police said. It wasn't known if he had an attorney. It was not immediately known if he was being held in jail; a call to jail officials was not answered.

Donna Boesel's twin daughters, Alicia and Ashley, were only 3 years old when she died. Throughout their childhood, Rodney Boesel told them she abandoned them by running off with another man, Alicia Boesel said.

Hunters found her skeletonized body two years later. Decomposition prevented the coroner from determining a cause of death, but it was ruled a homicide.

When Alicia Boesel was 16, her father placed her in the custody of child welfare and she began asking questions. She eventually learned that her mother was dead.

When Alicia had no place else to go, she moved back in with her dad.

"I had strong suspicions my father did it," she said.