(CNN) - Three years ago, director Richard Linklater made a movie about a mortician named Bernie Tiede who went to prison after he shot a rich widow four times in the back with her armadillo gun and hid her body in a deep freezer under the pot pies.
Now he's Tiede's landlord.
Tiede, who was convicted of the 1996 murder of a wealthy Texas widow named Marjorie Nugent, was released from prison on Tuesday. Originally sentenced to life, he has been set free on a $10,000 bond - with conditions.
One of them is he live in a garage apartment owned by Linklater, the Austin, Texas-based director of such films as "Before Sunrise," "Dazed and Confused," "School of Rock" and 2011's "Bernie," based on Tiede's case.
That's OK. Linklater offered up the place.
It's another strange twist in a case that's been full of them.