"Bernie" Movie Leads to Bernie's Freedom

CARTHAGE — Richard Linklater could not have imagined a more bizarre final scene to Bernie, the dark comedy film he directed, than the one that unfolded Tuesday in East Texas. After nearly two decades behind bars, the convicted killer on whom the movie was based was driven away from the jail (by Linklater no less) to a home in Central Texas owned — by you guessed it — Linklater.

The convict, Bernie Tiede, 55, in plain clothes for the first time in 17 years, slid into the front seat of the SUV that Linklater had rented for the four-and-a-half hour drive. Tiede fiddled ...

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