A strange real-life murder inspires a new film starring Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine. How does the victim's real family feel about being the subject of a black comedy?
"I was living in Los Angeles when Aunt Marge was murdered in 1996 and hadn’t been to Carthage, where I was born, in quite a few years. I went back for the trial in 1998 because, let’s face it, it’s not often that someone in your family becomes the focus of a sensational murder case, on the local news for weeks at a time, the circumstances of her demise so tawdry and bizarre that the story appeared in People magazine, on 'Hard Copy' and, eventually, on the guilty-pleasure pinnacle of true-crime cable-TV programs, 'City Confidential.' And there was something about Aunt Marge’s ending up in a freezer that seemed appropriate. She’d always been kind of coldhearted. It was not an unfitting end."
PUBLISHED: April 13, 2012