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Why everyone loves this killer

Jarrod Sierocki

Trailer for the 2012 film directed by Richard Linklater, telling the story of small town assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede, one of the town’s most beloved residents. When Bernie befriends Marjorie Nugent, a sour yet affluent older widow, the two become inseparable – and Marjorie increasingly dependent. As Bernie’s extroverted personality becomes stifled, we realise that even the nicest guys can be pushed too far. Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey.

Marjorie Nugent and Bernie Tiede. Picture: CBS/48 Hours

A SMALL town filled with wealthy widows attracted a seemingly nice funeral director, who would later start a relationship with a rich woman 40 years his senior.

But some believe he had a chilling plan that left her dead and him a millionaire.

Bernie Tiede had dealt with a lot of death in his family. His mother died in a car accident when he was young and his father died a short time later after spiralling into alcoholism.

He had dark demons himself —

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