The story we all know about Kurt Sonnenfeld, who called Denver police one night eleven years ago as his wife Nancy lay dying of a gunshot wound to the head, starts in the aftermath of 9/11, when he worked as a videographer at Ground Zero. Sonnenfeld, who cried 9/11 government conspiracy theory and claimed that he had video evidence that turned him into a marked man, called Nancy’s death a suicide. But the couple hadn’t been getting along, and the facts didn’t add up: He was arrested for her murder, then let go, and he then fled to Buenos Aires, where he remains, remarried, in spite of a renewed indictment. It’s the real-life stuff of a page-turning thriller, as Kirk Mitchell, an award-winning Denver Post reporter on the cold-cases beat, presents in his voluminously researched true-crime history, The Spin Doctor: Hero or Cold-Blooded Killer?, which explores the story and dissects the facts.
Learn more about Sonnenfeld’s strange journey tonight, when Mitchell discusses and signs copies of The Spin Doctor ($24.95, New Horizon Press) at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. Admission is free; for more information, visit www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-436-1070.
Mon., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., 2013