The Actual Killer?



  1. Ep. 1:
    The Confession
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  2. Ep. 2:
    The Murders that Shook Norway
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  3. Ep. 3:
    The Recipe for a Miscarriage of Justice
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  4. Ep. 4:
    ‘No one knows what he’s capable of’
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  5. Ep.5:
    The Missing Evidence
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By Veronika Søum og Lena Knutli
translated by Siân Mackie

The Actual Killer is a series in five parts focusing on two unsolved murders committed in Trondheim in the 1970s. Fritz Moen was found guilty of both murders before finally being acquitted when a man wholly unknown to the police, Tor Hepsø, confessed to the murders on his deathbed. Hepsø is still a mystery and almost nothing is known about who he was. Whether he was responsible for the murders to which he confessed has never been determined. Magasinet has looked into the cases and Hepsø’s life

  • September 1976

  • 11. september


    Sigrid Heggheim from Jølster is found raped and murdered near Nidarvoll in Trondheim.

  • Fig. 24: The crime scene viewed facing north and in almost the opposite direction to fig. 23. The arrow is pointing in the direction of the site where the body of Sigrid Heggheim was found. The road to the right is Klæbuveien.

  • October 1977

  • 4-6 October


    Torunn Finstad from Kongsberg is reported missing on Tuesday 4 October 1977. On 6 October she is found dead with signs of attempted rape southwest of Stavne Bridge over the Nidelva river. Both Sigrid and Torunn were first-year students and new to town, and both had been at the student union on the last night they were alive.

  • 7 October


    Deaf mute Fritz Moen is arrested in connection with the murder of Torunn Finstad. Moen’s right arm is also paralysed.

  • 9. oktober


    Fritz Moen admits during a police interview to assaulting and raping a woman near Stavne Bridge. Moen is interviewed without his defence counsel present.

  • 1978

  • 29 May


    Fritz Moen is sentenced to 20 years in prison and ten years of preventive supervision for the murder of Torunn Finstad at Frostating Court of Appeal. Moen appeals to the Supreme Court.

  • 15 September

    The Supreme Court amends the Court of Appeal’s sentence to 16 years in prison. The preventive supervision is retained.

  • October

    The police conduct several in-depth interviews with Fritz Moen. His defence counsel is not present during these interviews either.

  • 1981

  • 30 November

    Legal proceedings for the Sigrid case begin.

  • 17 December

    ‘Miscarriage of justice!’

    ‘This is the first time I have felt compelled to say there has been a miscarriage of justice,’ defence counsel Olav Hestenes says after the jury delivers its verdict. Fritz Moen turns 40 that same day.

  • 18 December

    Fritz Moen is sentenced to five years in prison for the murder and attempted rape of Sigrid Heggheim. This is in addition to the 16-year sentence for the murder of Torunn Finstad.

  • 1998

  • Tore Sandberg

    Journalist Tore Sandberg starts looking into both murder cases and claims that Fritz Moen’s sentencing was a miscarriage of justice.

  • 2002 - 2003

  • 2 January 2002

    Reopening of the cases

    Lawyer John Christian Elden requests that both murder cases be reopened.

  • 14 October 2003

    The Supreme Court’s interlocutory appeals committee permits the reopening of the Sigrid Heggheim case. The interlocutory appeals committee rejects the reopening of the Torunn Finstad case.

  • 2004

  • 7 October


    Exactly 27 years after Moen is arrested by the police for the first time, he is acquitted by Borgarting Court of Appeals for the murder of Sigrid Heggheim.

  • 13 October

    Fritz Moen sends a request to “the criminal cases review commission” via his lawyer, John Christian Elden, to reopen the Torunn case.

  • 2005

  • 28 March


    Fritz Moen dies on Easter Monday.

  • 18 December

    Confession on deathbed

    At the hospital in Namsos, 67-year-old Tor Hepsø confesses that he killed Sigrid Heggheim and Torunn Finstad at the end of the 1970s, and that another man was punished for his actions.

  • 2006

  • 16 June

    Torunn case

    The commission for reviewing criminal cases decides that the Torunn case should be re-examined in the judicial system.

  • 24 August

    Name finally cleared

    Fritz Moen is also acquitted of the murder of Torunn Finstad by Borgarting Court of Appeals.

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