"Start typing, because this story is so amazing," Skip Hollandsworth, a Texas Monthly writer, told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week.
And, yes, this story is pretty amazing: In 1996, funeral director Bernie Tiede murdered Marjorie Nugent, an 81-year-old millionaire who had been bankrolling the 38-year-old Tiede. For nine months after the killing, Tiede kept Nugent's remains hidden in a freezer in her Carthage, Texas home, and he went about spending her money and carrying out her affairs as though she were still alive. The story — not to mention the bizarre circumstances around Tiede's eventual conviction — was first written by Hollandsworth as a magazine feature, and it later landed in the hands of Hollywood director Richard Linklater, who developed a 2011 movie starring Jack Black in the titular role.
A jury sentenced Tiede to life in prison, but when attorney Jodi Cole watched Linklater's film in 2011, she approached the director afterward and offered to look into the case again. The duo's work turned up new evidence, which they presented to a judge in Panola County. She agreed that Tiede should be released, on several conditions — one of which is that he will live in an Austin, Texas apartment owned by Linklater. Now 55 years old, Tiede will reportedly work for Cole as a legal clerk.
"Everybody's mad as hell," District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson (played by Matthew McConaughey in the film) said. Davidson recommended Tiede's release based on the newly found evidence. But, he said, "I'm just doing my job."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis tied the knot this weekend, a source tells People.
Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, met while filming That '70s Show, which ran from 1998 to 2006. In August, Kunis told W magazine, "My first real kiss ever was with him on the show. We all get movie star crushes. I'm marrying mine." The pair began dating in 2012, and became parents to daughter Wyatt Isabelle in October. It's the first marriage for Kunis, and the second for Kutcher, who divorced Demi Moore in 2013. Catherine Garcia
The finance minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, announced on his website that he has resigned from his post, one day after 61 percent of voters backed his "no" campaign, rejecting the bailout terms set by creditors.
"Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached," he wrote in a blog entry posted early Monday. "It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution — to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms."
Varoufakis said that the reason why he was leaving his position was due to a "certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted 'partners,' for my ... 'absence' from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement." He added, "I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum. And I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride." Catherine Garcia
A suicide bomber killed at least five people at a church in Nigeria Sunday, the latest in a string of attacks carried out over the past week by Boko Haram.
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) July 5, 2015
The worshippers were killed as they entered the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Potiskum, the BBC reports. More than 200 people have been killed since Tuesday, including more than 97 people gunned down in the village of Kukawa on Wednesday and 48 men shot after prayers in two villages near the town of Monguno. On Thursday, two female suicide bombers killed several people as they attacked a village in Borno state.
Since Boko Haram first started launching attacks in 2009, at least 17,000 people, primarily civilians, have been killed. Catherine Garcia
Due to the 4th of July holiday, there wasn't a new Last Week Tonight Sunday, but host John Oliver was nice enough to give his fans a little something to tide them over until July 12. In a web only clip, Oliver did the opposite of what he normally does — instead of covering one topic over 15 minutes in a deep dive, he looked at 15 topics in one minute for a series of shallow dives. He touched on everything from banjos ("they're just guitars whose parents are cousins") to bagels ("donuts that gave up on their dreams"), and hinted that next week, it's very likely he'll be back to business, taking on the TPP. Watch the clip below (warning: there's a bit of strong language and some risqué images). Catherine Garcia
After Listeria was found in a sample of chicken freeze-dried patties, pet food maker Stella & Chewy's voluntarily recalled several products for dogs and cats.
The company has a full list of recalled dinners and treats on its website. "The health and safety of our customers and their pets is always of the utmost importance to us," Stella & Chewy's said on Facebook. "We are accountable for everything we make and highly committed to the quality and integrity of our products. We are working with the FDA to further investigate and quickly address the situation."
Listeria causes flu-like symptoms in healthy people, including headache and nausea, and can be deadly for children and the elderly. Stella & Chewy's says that there have been no reports of illnesses in people or animals. Consumers who have pet food that is part of the recall should throw it away or return the item to where they purchased it for a full refund. Catherine Garcia
At least 13 people were killed and more than 30 injured Saturday when a shoe factory collapsed in eastern China, state media reports.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) July 5, 2015
The building was in the Zhejiang province city of Wenling, The Associated Press reports. Nine people were able to escape, and one person is still missing. The Wenling city government said that rescuers pulled 42 people out of the rubble, with nine later dying at the hospital. Four bodies were removed from the debris on Sunday. Catherine Garcia
For Carli Lloyd of Team USA, the Women's World Cup final game was one for the record books. After scoring in the third, fifth, and 16th minutes of play, Lloyd (#10) became the first player in history to score a hat trick in a Women's World Cup final. Her goal in the third minute was the fastest ever scored in a final, and she also became the first American to score in four straight World Cup games. "I'm so proud and so zapped at the same time," she told CNN. "It doesn't feel real. We just made history." The U.S. defeated Japan 5-2, earning their first Women's World Cup title since 1999. Check out photos of Team USA celebrating their big victory below. Catherine Garcia