A former Family Feud contestant, Timothy “Tim” Bliefnick, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of home invasion in relation to the death of his estranged wife, Rebecca “Becky” Bliefnick. Her body was found in her home on February 23, riddled with bullets, after a family member went to check on her when she failed to pick up her three children from school.
The Quincy Police Department announced Bliefnick’s arrest on Monday, causing a sense of relief among the community, which had been living in fear following the brutal crime. Bliefnick and his wife were married in 2009, but at the time of her death, they were undergoing divorce proceedings after having been separated for “several years.” Following their separation, they filed restraining orders against each other.
The resurfacing of Bliefnick’s appearance on the game show Family Feud has raised eyebrows. In an episode that aired in January 2020, host Steve Harvey asked him, “What’s your biggest mistake you made at your wedding?” Bliefnick replied, “Honey, I love you, but, ‘said I do,’” prompting a mixed reaction from the crowd. He continued to joke, “Not my mistake, not my mistake – I love my wife. I’m gonna get in trouble for that, aren’t I?”
Bliefnick’s attorney Casey Schnack has defended his client, stating that the Family Feud comment was merely a joke and not relevant to his separation from his wife. “It’s a game show. A silly answer to a silly question on a silly show doesn’t make one a murderer,” Schnack said in a statement to Fox News.
Becky Bliefnick was remembered as a devoted mother, and a GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for a scholarship in her name. Her sister, Sarah Reilly, wrote, “Despite the circumstances of her death, she is remembered for the life she cherished – a life of compassion, generosity, faith, and fierce love for her family.” She leaves behind three young children and a community who loved her dearly.