In August 1997, Texas Monthly writer Skip Hollandsworth read a short newspaper article about Bernie Tiede, a young mortician in the East Texas town of Carthage, who had just confessed to shooting a wealthy 81-year-old widow, Marjorie “Marge” Nugent, four times in the back and burying her in the deep freeze in her garage, where she remained for seven months before anyone started looking for her.

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