Bernie Tiede, the beloved assistant director of a funeral home in the East Texas town of Carthage, shoots the town's 81-year-old grand dame four times in the back.
Skip Hollandsworth's story of the shooting in Texas Monthly attracted the attention of film director Richard Linklater. The two co-authored the script and critics were astounded that what they saw on the screen actually happened in real life.
Hollandsworth talks about his experience writing as a journalist about Bernie and the murder, and he also talks about his even more surreal experience as a screenwriter watching A-list Hollywood actors working alongside the country folk of East Texas.
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