Personal Message from Bernie Tiede:
Your friendship – your love, your concern, your prayers- means the world to me. There is no way I could exist without your friendship. Your constant support of our friendship is vitally important to me. The letters that I have received, especially lately, have revitalized those friendships that I thought had withered. Thank you so very much for proving to me that you still consider me your friend and are willing to accept me for who I am. I want to encourage each of you to continue to love one another and care for each other. Those of us in the penitentiary need encouraging from those of you in the outside world. Your cards and letters literally transform the lives of those of us who are behind bars.
I am eternally grateful to my friendships with Richard Linklater and Jack Black. They have each proved to me that they are true friends. Through the movie “Bernie”, Richard has connected me with an Austin criminal defense lawyer, Jodi Cole, who specializes in post-appellate relief. She and I fit together like a hand and glove, and we are working together as lawyer and client to seek relief in my case. I have been made aware of some problems in my case, and we are exploring ways that they can be addressed. I encourage each of you to contact her should you hold any information that might help me.
I know that we will deal with my legal case and that the right thing will happen, in the end. My case is not over, far from it. Regardless, no matter what happens; if I can save one person from an abusive relationship, or encourage one person to accept fully themselves and live authentically, it will mean that something good has come from this terribly sad circumstance. That is what keeps me going every day.
I have learned many life lessons, as I like to call them. I have learned to be much more loving, kind, and considerate to the less fortunate. I have learned patience toward others and to be more accepting of others. Love who you are, and truly edify who you can become. Encourage yourself and be all that you can be.
I love my friends – I live for my friends. I hope each of you will consider the points that I have sought to encourage you with today. Thank you for your continued love, support, and kind thoughts.