Move over “Twinkie Defense”! The “closeted gay” defense has come to town.

Bernie Tiede and Marjorie NugentIn 1979, the nation was outraged when Dan White, who successfully carried out a premeditated plan to murder San Francisco’s mayor, George Moscone, and first openly gay supervisor, Harvey Milk, was acquitted because his attorneys convinced the jury that White’s excessive consumption of Hostess Twinkies had rendered him effectively (and legally) insane when he pulled the trigger.  Thirty-five years later, Progressives all over America are celebrating the fact that a man who murdered in cold blood an 81-year-old woman, hid her body in the freezer, and, over the course of several months, freely spent her money is being released from life in prison because the Texas legal establishment has concluded that his status as a victim of childhood sexual abuse and his life as a closeted gay man in East Texas excused his crime.

Stop laughing!  I’m not kidding.  This is for real:

Bernie Tiede, the Carthage man who fatally shot a wealthy widow in November 1996 and was later sentenced to life in prison for the crime could be freed on $10,000 bond, after the DA who prosecuted him agreed to free him.

New evidence about sexual abuse he suffered in childhood has come to light, leading to a probable reduction of the life sentence he received in 1999.

In 1996, Tiede shot Marjorie Nugent, 81, and sealed her body in a freezer in her home. Tiede, an assistant funeral director in Carthage, struck up a friendship with Nugent and the two became close companions, living, traveling, and shopping together.

After Nugent’s killing, Tiede continued spending her money and was rather charitable in the community. Police discovered her body nine months later, hidden under frozen food.

According to the Texas Tribune, psychiatrists that examined Tiede learned he had been sexually abused from the age of 12 until he was 18. The suppression of this led him to be able to disassociate himself from reality, including a murder by his own hand. Living as a closeted gay man in a small East Texas town also created issues for Tiede.

The Twinkie defense is so passé.  We call this updated version the “closet gay” defense.

It didn’t hurt that Hollywood got hold of Tiede’s story and turned it into a big-name movie:

The story of Tiede and Nugent’s relationship was made into the 2011 movie Berniebased on a Texas Monthly article and directed by Texas’ own Richard Linklater. Starring Jack Black as Tiede and Shirley MacLaine as Nugent, it also marked the career resurgence of Matthew McConaughey, who played District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson.

I have never been sexually abused, which means that I can only sympathize, not empathize, with Tiede’s youthful suffering.  I would never dream of denying how horrible childhood sexual abuse is nor can I presume to say what it would do to someone’s psyche.  Still, murdering a friend, hiding her body, and spending months living off her money seems less like the act of a person with a deeply traumatized psyche (he “disassociate[d] himself from reality”) and much more like a garden-variety sociopathic act of greed.

When it comes to the trauma of being a closeted gay man in East Texas, I haven’t experienced that either.  I do, however, live day-to-day as a closeted conservative woman in central/southern Marin, which is probably comparable in terms of my need to keep an important part of my life secret for fear of being viewed as dangerous and deviant.  Despite the constant psychic injuries I suffer, though, I haven’t felt any urge yet to shoot a friend to death, stuff his (or her) body in the freezer, and live high on the hog with my victim’s money.  (And there is a lot of money to be had in Marin.  Just sayin’.)

Back in the 1990s, Damian King, a young black man, was acquitted of trying to beat Reginald Denny to death during the Rodney King riots because he was “caught him the rapture” of the moment. I thought then and continue to believe now that this was a shockingly racist verdict. California’s legal system accepted as given that a young black man could not exert any degree of human control over his thought processes and moral functioning. Instead, he was simply a maddened dog, functioning purely on animal instinct.  Raaacist!!!

Things have only gotten worse since then.  Here we are in the second decade of the 21st century and we’re being told that Bernie Tiede, a young gay man, was completely out of control when he shot his friend, hid her body, and, over the course of many months, enjoyed living off of her money.  The mere fact of his having to  hide is sexual orientation, we’re told, left his thought processes and moral functioning so fragile he couldn’t be expected to comport with the order rules of human decency and morality. Be nice to gays, because they’re sub-human and can be deadly if denigrated.  If I were gay, I wouldn’t be celebrating this verdict; I’d be insulted.

Do keep in mind that this is entirely different from a situation in which an East Texas jury convicted an innocent man solely because he was gay.  This is a guilty man being freed because he was gay.  That’s just so wrong.

Nugent’s family is unimpressed by Tiede’s new PC status as victim, rather than criminal:

A spokesman for the Nugent family, Ryan Gravatt, told the Texas Tribune that they believe that Tiede should remain in prison and serve out his life sentence.

“He confessed to her murder and his confession was admitted in his trial,” Gravatt told reporters. “A jury found him guilty and sentenced him to life in prison, where he should remain.”

The Nugents have my sincere condolences, must as Moscone’s and Milk’s family and friends did when Dan White got away with murder because he liked junk food.  The real crime is that, back in 1979, everyone knew that the Twinkie defense was a travesty, while in 2014, way too many people think that the “closeted gay” defense is something to be celebrated.

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    “which is probably comparable in terms of my need to keep an important part of my life secret for fear of being viewed as dangerous and deviant.”
     
    If they consider you dangerous/deviant, Book, whatever would they think of me if I landed there. Just think on that for a moment.
     
    Generally, if you do the things they do, it’s a conscious choice to separate yourself from humanity. There’s no going back at that point. Victims can always choose to lose their victimhood for self autonomy and self integrity. Non humans can’t suddenly become humans once again. Not likely.
     
    “California’s legal system accepted as given that a young black man could not exert any degree of human control over his thought processes and moral functioning. Instead, he was simply a maddened dog, functioning purely on animal instinct.  Raaacist!!!”
     
    Livestock are livestock. Did you think they were human? The Left doesn’t consider them human. They don’t consider you human either.
     
    So where’s the Left and their Cindy Sheehan crocodile fake tears at? Where they at.
     
    In my kind of society, criminals would be begging to be let in jail, since they would get preyed upon outside the safe walls of the prison by us.

  • Caped Crusader

    Someone has got to tell jj to stop saying John Kerry is dumb as a fence post! How could he possibly think such a thing after this brilliant statement by Kerry:
     
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/kerry-rails-against-terrorists-they-don-t-offer-health-care-plan

  • Charles Martel

    In the interests of accuracy, Dan White’s lawyers never laid the blame for his murders on his consumption of Twinkies. What they said was that his consumption of huge amounts of Twinkies was an indicator of a state of mental confusion that later led him to murder. Like a conflicted fat person who binges on forbidden foods, the food themselves aren’t the cause of the binging, just a manifestation of the impulse. 
     
    The press, looking for a sly angle, invented the phrase “Twinkie Defense” because it was nifty and memorable, and because it deftly mocked and neutralized White’s defense without obligating anybody to see what his lawyers had actually asserted.
     
    This is not a defense of Dan White. He was a sissy who couldn’t stand the heat and a dumbass who handed a papier-mache hero, Harvey Milk, over to the radical gay movement, forever to be milked and exploited whenever anyone dares to question an ideology based on the sanctification of sodomy. 

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      If it’ll help, Martel, much of the Left’s historical operations have fed on each other.
       
      The unions used to be against immigrant level labor. Now they promote Mexican workers underworking wages, then say to their union members locked up in slave cages, that it is the fault of white boys and Republicans that their wages are being cut. Meanwhile, the unions spend the union dues on prostitutes and politicians. But I repeat myself.
       
      In this case, homosexuals help lawyers get famous, and lawyers help the homosexual crowd with martyrs. It all feeds into each other, like an ourobos.
       
      The Lawyer Conspiracy is still around. Blacks mostly talk about the Institute of Slavery and homosexuals talk about the “closet”. They are all in the Left for a reason. They all obey the Left for a reason. And sometimes friendly fire just makes them stronger after regeneration.

  • Mike Devx

    So, if I understand this correctly, the stress of being a closeted gay man who was sexually abused made him kill a completely innocent woman, and live off her money afterwards.  What about the stress of being a closeted dead-person’s-money spender?
     
    “Stress made him do it”, is what this comes down to.
     
    Well, the stress of being a soldier in war often leads to PTSD, and that stress must be worse than this stress.  So the way I see it, every soldier who has been or will be diagnosed with PTSD is now free to kill anyone they want to, and take the dead person’s money and live on it.  It’s only fair.
     

  • Mike Devx

    In all seriousness, have you all heard of the “Affluenza Defense”?   Affluenze: a condition in which children – generally from richer families – have a sense of entitlement, are irresponsible, make excuses for poor behavior, and sometimes dabble in drugs and alcohol
    A teen from a rich family, while driving drunk, killed four and injured two.  He could have received up to 20 years in prison.  Instead he received 10 years probation because the judge accepted the Affluenza Defense.
     
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/affluenza-defense-texas-judge-under-fire-giving-rich-teen-probation-f2D11746675
     
    What with Mr Closeted and Affluenza Boy, it looks like murder is becoming rather easy and free these days.
     
    Truly, we are entering Robert Heinlein’s infamous “Mad Years”.  Be careful out there, everyone.  Because as the Mad Years accelerate,  ANYTHING goes.
     

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      Ted Kennedy knew it.
       
      If anything goes, that’s a good time to bust out the anti zombie blades.

  • jj

    Crusader – you talkin’ locust post, or cedar?
     
    And I know, absolutely, positively know that Kerry’s first reaction when informed about the kidnapping was: “didn’t those guys do ‘Whiter Shade Of Pale?’  When did they get into kidnapping?”

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