The killer who inspired director Richard Linklater’s 2012 film Bernie has been offered a home at the moviemaker’s estate following his release from prison. Convicted murderer Bernie Tiede is a free man after serving time for killing his elderly friend Marjorie Nugent in 1996, and then covering up her death for almost a year.
Jack Black played the soft-spoken mortician in the 2011 film, which chronicled the crime and Tiede’s 1999 trial, during which he maintained he killed Nugent in self-defence following years of emotional abuse. Despite an outpouring of public support for popular Tiede, he was convicted of murder.
Linklater got to know all about Tiede while making the film and he agreed to testify on his behalf when his attorney won an appeal after re-examining the case and uncovering evidence of sexual abuse Tiede had suffered at the hands of the old lady he killed.
In court on Tuesday (06May14), the director offered to let Tiede live in his garage apartment in Austin, Texas as the killer was released from his life sentence on $10,000 (£6,250) bond. Linklater says, “Myself and others are determined to help him in any way we can.” The 55 year old has also agreed to attend counselling sessions.