Who was Heidi Firkus and what happened to her?

AFTER 13 years, justice has finally been done for the death of Heidi Firkus.

A 20/20 episode on the case will premiere on Friday, April 14, 2023.

The murder of Heidi Firkus remained unsolved for years


The murder of Heidi Firkus remained unsolved for yearsCredit: St. Paul Police

Who was Heidi Firkus and what happened to her?

Heidi Firkus lived in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband, Nick Firkus.

According to The Mercury News, the couple met at church and were married for four and a half years before Heidi was killed.

The outlet also reported that Heidi was employed by Securian, a financial services company, while Nick was operations manager at a carpet cleaning company.

On April 25, 2010, 25-year-old Heidi was shot dead at the couple’s home.

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As reported by ABC News, Heidi had called the police to report a burglary. According to the tone of the phone call, she fell silent after a shot was fired.

Authorities found her dead. Nick had sustained a gunshot wound in his leg.

Nick told police that he and Heidi were shot dead after a shotgun was fired while fighting the intruder.

As the outlet also reported, Nick told investigators that he and his wife are struggling financially and are on the verge of being evicted from their home.

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No suspects were named and the case remained unsolved with no arrests made for over a decade.

Who killed Heidi Firkus?

Nick’s story about the events leading up to Heidi’s death didn’t quite add up, and authorities continued to investigate the role he played in the case, as reported by ABC News.

As the publication noted, the home showed no signs of a break-in, and the only DNA found on the shotgun belonged to Nick.

In May 2021, Nick was arrested and charged with first and second degree murder.

According to prosecutors, his motive revolved around financial struggles. As ABC News noted, prosecutors said he killed his wife to “hide from the shame” caused by the financial difficulties.

On February 10, 2023, Nick was found guilty on both counts of murder after taking ten hours for the jury to decide his fate.

Nick Firkus was found guilty of the murder of his wife Heidi Firkus


Nick Firkus was found guilty of the murder of his wife Heidi FirkusPhoto Credit: Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office

He was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday, April 13, 2023.

ABC News reported that despite the conviction, Nick, 40, and his attorneys continued to deny his involvement in Heidi’s murder.

Nick said, “I’m holding and will hold on to this to my last breath.”

How can I watch episode 20/20 about the Heidi Firkus case?

A 20/20 TV special about Heidi’s case, titled Stranger in the House, will air on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT on ABC.

Fans can also stream the television program on Hulu the next day.

The @ABC2020 The Twitter account shared several previews ahead of the upcoming episode.

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It’s April 12th tweeted previewed and wrote, among other things: “Nick Firkus told police that during a fight with an intruder, his shotgun fired twice, wounding him and killing his wife.

“What happened in the house?”


CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: celine@dailynationtoday.com.

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