Missouri Man Pleads Not Guilty to Litany of Disgusting Felonies


Danial Rinehart
  • Danial Rinehart
Not sure how we missed this story when it first broke in January. Then again, we're sort of glad we did. It's effin' gross.

Yesterday 49-year-old Danial (yes, Danial with two a's) Rinehart pleaded not guilty to charges of incest, statutory rape, child endangerment, second-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse.

Authorities arrested Rinehart, of Harrisonville, Missouri, in January charging him with fathering four children with one of his daughters.

Only one of the children -- now age 4 -- survived past infancy. Rinehart allegedly kept the corpses of two of the dead infants in coolers.

Rinehart is accused of molesting his daughter beginning when the girl was 13 and fathering a child with her by the time she turned 14. The daughter is now 19 years old. In July she told her story to a Kansas City television station.

The family's grotesque secret was revealed when one of Rinehart's other daughters called authorities from a Wal-Mart in Harrisonville.

Yesterday Cass County Circuit Judge Jacqueline Cook set Rinehart's trial date for April 19, 2010. Rineharts wife, Linda Rinehart, has also been charged with child endangerment and hindering prosecution.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.