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Bernie Tiede was a killer who took advantage of an old, lonely woman. Or, did he provide a public service? Why did the director of this movie advocate for Tiede's release from prison? Why did Jack Black jump on board?


​The true story of this movie based on a true story really takes place after the movie has been released. Join us as we take a trip through murder and crime in an East Texas town that leaves John and Dawn surprised, confused and frustrated about Bernie Tiede and crime and punishment.

Sources used for this episode include:

  1. My journey with Bernie (

  2. Marjorie Nugent Obituary - The Star Ledger

  3. Nugent family shares what happened before Bernie Tiede killed grandmother - KLTV

  4. Bernie Tiede is not Jack Black, and film depictions aren't a substitute for real life crime - The Dallas Morning News

  5. ‘Bernie’ Headed To Jail: Real-Life Inspiration For Richard Linklater’s Film Sentenced To 99 Years - The Dallas Morning News

  6. Bernie: The True Story of an East Texas Murder - Johnston Tobey Barusch

  7. Bernie in Hell - Texas Monthly

  8. The story behind the REAL murder of a small town widow that inspired the latest Jack Black comedy... and how not everyone's laughing - The Daily Mail

  9. "Bernie" Movie Plays Key Role in Bernie's Freedom - The Texas Tribune

  10. Bernie Was Nothing Like The Movie - Trib Talk

  11. Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction In Bernie - NPR

  12. Ex-Mortician Whose Killing of Widow Inspired Movie Freed Early - NBC

  13. As "Bernie" Goes Free, Victim's Granddaughter Says Hollywood Has Wrought an Injustice - The Dallas Observer

  14. Midnight in the Garden of East Texas - Texas Monthly

  15. Richard Linklater on Living With Bernie Tiede - Variety

  16. Bernie Tiede appeals prison sentence, cites retrial 'infected by outside influence - KLTV

  17. Once upon a time, Joe Rhodes lived in a van while covering college hoops for The News. His new van is much nicer. - Dallas Morning News

  18. How My Aunt Marge Ended Up in the Deep Freeze . . . - New York Times Magazine

[Biopics (Mostly) Suck does not claim ownership of the information contained in the links above. The intent for providing the links to sources above is to provide due credit.]

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