April 15, 2012

Bernie's Weekends

Joe Rhodes muses on Bernie, a new film based on the murder of his aunt, who lived and died in the small town of Carthage, Texas. Mr. Rhodes sees both humor and tragedy in the event, which touched both the members of his family and residents of the town. More here in today's New York Times. The film stars Shirley MacLaine as Aunt Marge, the wealthy victim, Matthew McConaughey as the district attorney, and Jack Black as Bernie Tiede, the funeral director who befriended and then killed Marge, and proceeded to spend a great deal of her fortune before Marge's son and some police officers found her body in her freezer. Yes, under the chicken pot pies. Here's coverage of the trial and verdict from the Amarillo Globe News.

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