The Kurt Sonnenfeld, Nancy Sonnenfeld, Colorado death case is being retold on the next documentary crime episode of 48 Hours, according to today’s CBS 48 Hours report. Nancy Sonnenfeld was a beautiful 36-year old woman who was found dead in the bedroom of her home in Denver, Colorado from a gunshot wound. Her death had been listed as a suicide. But, her husband, Kurt Sonnenfeld, was eventually charged as a suspect in the case.
The charges were dropped after there was not enough evidence to create a reasonable doubt in court, leading Kurt Sonnenfeld, a videographer, a free man. However, law enforcement officials later re-charged him in the case, and has spent the last several years trying to have Sonnenfeld extradited from Argentina, where he relocated after his wife’s death.
CBS 48 Hours interviewed journalists, police officers, family members, and Kirk Mitchell—a journalist who wrote the book about the case entitled The Spin Doctor: Hero or Cold-Blooded Killer. Kurt Sonnenfeld wrote his own version of events in this book, which was penned in Spanish, entitled El Perseguido (The Persecuted).
Anyone who knew Nancy Sonnenfeld thought that she was a gorgeous dark-haired beauty who seemed to be madly in love with her husband. Nancy worked as a well-paid advertising executive while Kurt Sonnenfeld worked as a videographer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency known as FEMA. In fact, Kurt was so good at his job that he was on location in New York City during the 9/11 attacks at ground zero. His documentary footage of that fateful time is still a hot search topic today. The couple was known to go on expensive vacations and trendy bars. By all accounts things were good between them, and they were often observed kissing, hugging, and showing other displays of love for each other.
That’s why the shocking events that occurred on New Years Day in 2002 had everyone in Denver baffled. According to authorities, they received a 911 call from Kurt Sonnenfeld, who stated that his wife had shot herself in their home. When police arrived at the home located at 1410 Clayton Street, they found a white female with a gunshot wound to the body. The body was still seated in a lounge chair in the bedroom. In some reports, the location of the injury was the chest, others say it was the head. Here is how the Denver ABC-7 describes the injury.
“The victim was later transported to a local hospital where she died from her injury. The gunshot wound did not appear to be self-inflicted, according to what authorities have stated in a new interview with CBS 48 Hours. Instead, they believed that the injury was indicative of a homicide and have spent the last decade trying to bring Kurt Sonnenfeld to justice.”
A closer look inside the Sonnenfeld’s marriage indicated that not everything was as rosy as everyone had initially thought. In fact, according to Nancy’s family, she had grown tired of Kurt’s alleged drug use, and by Thanksgiving day, she had given him an ultimatum, stating that he needed to stop taking drugs or get out by New Year’s Day, according to the Denver Post.
After Nancy Sonnenfeld’s death, Kurt Sonnenfeld went to Argentina, where he met a new woman and fell in love. The two eventually married and had children. In Argentina, he is looked at, not as a suspect in the murder of his former wife, but as a hero who is being wrongly prosecuted because of damaging information he has about the government’s knowledge of September 11 attacks. Kurt Sonnenfeld is currently waiting to be brought back to the United States to face charges. To get the latest details on the case, be sure to to watch CBS 48 Hours tonight at 10/9 central.