Bernie Tiede: Most Loved Murderer

About this episode

CW: Themes/descriptions of violence

Question: What self-confessed murderer can boast a fan club in his honor, a movie centered around his murder case, and a Facebook fan page with over 1,700 followers?

Answer: Bernie Tiede, the man portrayed by Jack Black in the 2012 movie ‘Bernie,’ who murdered Marjorie Nugent in 1996 and managed to hide her body in a freezer for 9 months before his crime was discovered. 

Hear all about Bernie Tiede, “the most loved murderer,” in episode 26, and consider for yourself whether this was cold-blooded murder or an uncontrollable act triggered by Marjorie’s abuse.

Show Notes for Episode 26!

Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black recreating a cruise pose
Bernie and Marjorie
Source: Texas Monthly


“The Mortician, the Murder, the Movie,” 48 Hours, CBS News, by Peter Van Sant, July 22, 2017

“Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” Texas Monthly, by Skip Hollingsworth, January 1998

“Richard Linklater on Living With Bernie Tiede,” Variety, by Justin Chang, June 25, 2014

“Judge Agrees to Release Murderer ‘Bernie’ Backed by Austin Filmmaker,” The Texas Tribune, by Brandi Grissom, May 6, 2014


“Bernie” Film (free with commercials)

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