Woman to Wed 'Boys Don't Cry' Inmate!!
LINCOLN, Neb. - A Chicago woman has been granted a marriage license to marry one of the killers portrayed in the movie "Boys Don't Cry."
Justine Mirth, 32, says she can't wait to marry Tom Nissen, who is serving life in prison for the 1993 slayings of three people in a farmhouse in southeast Nebraska.
"I'm dying to go see him. I want to hold him," she said. "He's the man I love. I want to spend the rest of my life with him."
The crime inspired the award-winning 1999 movie starring Hilary Swank, who played one of the victims, 21-year-old Teena Brandon, who was born a woman but lived as a man in southeast Nebraska under the name Brandon Teena.
The couple have never met in person. Mirth and Nissen have learned about each other through long letters and scores of 15-minute phone calls the maximum allowed by the prison.
When she saw the film, Mirth said, she identified with the characters who played Nissen and his co-defendant, John Lotter, who is on death row. She had grown up "in a small, stupid town in Indiana," she said, and escaped by running with a rough crowd.
"These were people I would hang out with in real life," she said.
Prosecutors said Teena was killed in a farmhouse, along with two witnesses, because he reported being raped by Lotter and another man after they discovered his biological identity.