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10th Sep '17 7:03:20 PM GrammarNavi
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* One time the LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek came TooSoon, but for entirely different reasons, was when it adapted the Natalee Holloway disappearance case in 2009's ''Natalee Holloway'', and finished with Holloway's mother finding solace when Van der Sloot, having been let go on lack of evidence, falls prey to a TV sting operation and is filmed saying that Holloway died in an accident and he dumped her body in the ocean. The next year, Van der Sloot contacted Holloway's mother and offered to disclose the location of the body for $250,000 in cash, after which he fled to South America, all while escaping a joint operation of the FBI and Aruban police to arrest him, and murdered Stephany Flores in Peru before being arrested in Chile by Interpol. The eery similarities between the Flores and Holloway cases[[note]]Both happened in May 30, there were allegations of date rape drugs used, and Van der Sloot was arrested with a chart of ocean currents around Peru, leading people to believe that he had intended to dump Flores' body in the sea, but desisted when he could not find a way to get it out of the hotel without suspicion[[/note]] now cast doubt that the latter was an accident. This bizarre turn of events spurred {{Lifetime}} to produce a sequel, ''Justice for Natalee Holloway'' (2011), in what's probably a first for BasedOnATrueStory TV films.

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* One time the LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek came TooSoon, but for entirely different reasons, was when it adapted the Natalee Holloway disappearance case in 2009's ''Natalee Holloway'', and finished with Holloway's mother finding solace when Van der Sloot, having been let go on lack of evidence, falls prey to a TV sting operation and is filmed saying that Holloway died in an accident and he dumped her body in the ocean. The next year, Van der Sloot contacted Holloway's mother and offered to disclose the location of the body for $250,000 in cash, after which he fled to South America, all while escaping a joint operation of the FBI and Aruban police to arrest him, and murdered Stephany Flores in Peru before being arrested in Chile by Interpol. The eery similarities between the Flores and Holloway cases[[note]]Both happened in May 30, there were allegations of date rape drugs used, and Van der Sloot was arrested with a chart of ocean currents around Peru, leading people to believe that he had intended to dump Flores' body in the sea, but desisted when he could not find a way to get it out of the hotel without suspicion[[/note]] now cast doubt that the latter was an accident. This bizarre turn of events spurred {{Lifetime}} Creator/{{Lifetime}} to produce a sequel, ''Justice for Natalee Holloway'' (2011), in what's probably a first for BasedOnATrueStory TV films.
9th Sep '17 4:19:35 AM WillBGood
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** But what happens if that thing ''already'' has a monkey dressed as Hitler in it?
27th Aug '17 9:48:35 PM PaulA
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* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "No Exit" featured the ghost of the United States's first documented serial killer, one H.H. Holmes. Holmes's actual exploits -- which included building a "murder hotel" whose guests sometimes didn't check out -- can be read about in Rick Geary's ''Treasury of Victorian Murder'' series and in the book ''The Devil in the White City''. And yes, his tomb was sealed in concrete.

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* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "No Exit" featured the ghost of the United States's first documented serial killer, one H.H. Holmes. Holmes's actual exploits -- which included building a "murder hotel" whose guests sometimes didn't check out -- can be read about in Rick Geary's ''Treasury of Victorian Murder'' series and in the Creator/ErikLarson's book ''The Devil in the White City''. And yes, his tomb was sealed in concrete.
4th Aug '17 2:35:46 AM Scifimaster92
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* The film ''Film/{{Changeling}}'' ran into this trope. It was, in fact, based on a true story, but nobody would believe it...when it was, in fact, not exaggerated in the slightest. So writer Creator/JMichaelStracynski added sources to the script and such, to prove it was real! Not only that, but many of the more bizarre and freaktacular parts of the serial killer's exploits were left out, as they distracted from the main story. During an DVD extra, Creator/ClintEastwood noted that if it were fiction, no one would believe it.

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* The film ''Film/{{Changeling}}'' ran into this trope. It was, in fact, based on a true story, but nobody would believe it...when it was, in fact, not exaggerated in the slightest. So writer Creator/JMichaelStracynski Creator/JMichaelStraczynski added sources to the script and such, to prove it was real! Not only that, but many of the more bizarre and freaktacular parts of the serial killer's exploits were left out, as they distracted from the main story. During an DVD extra, Creator/ClintEastwood noted that if it were fiction, no one would believe it.
14th Jul '17 6:42:53 PM adbrown
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** This is also a reference to a Hollywood executive's first impression of Fred Astaire: "Can't act. Can't sing. Balding. Can dance a little."
1st Jul '17 3:03:52 PM nombretomado
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* The world's most proficient sniper, UsefulNotes/SimoHayha; AKA "The White Death", has over 700 confirmed kills. Yes, seven hundred. All achieved in about ''three months'' in far less than optimal conditions, which includes the lack of a scope (he never used one, as the light glinting off of a scope can reveal a sniper's position.) TheOtherWiki has more information on the guy, but needless to say, if he was fictional, this would be considered ridiculous if it was played for anything other than [[PlayedForLaughs laughs.]]

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* The world's most proficient sniper, UsefulNotes/SimoHayha; AKA "The White Death", has over 700 confirmed kills. Yes, seven hundred. All achieved in about ''three months'' in far less than optimal conditions, which includes the lack of a scope (he never used one, as the light glinting off of a scope can reveal a sniper's position.) TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has more information on the guy, but needless to say, if he was fictional, this would be considered ridiculous if it was played for anything other than [[PlayedForLaughs laughs.]]
12th Jun '17 11:30:43 PM ultimomant
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** His CrowningMomentOfAwesome is either the time he was hit in the face with a round meant to be used against ''tanks,'' got back up, and killed the one who fired it, or the time he shot _eight_ enemy soldiers with _one_ bullet, sending all the others [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere running for their lives]] thinking a whole squad was targeting them.

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** His CrowningMomentOfAwesome is either the time he was hit in the face with a round meant to be used against ''tanks,'' got back up, and killed the one who fired it, or the time he shot _eight_ ''eight'' enemy soldiers with _one_ ''one'' bullet, sending all the others [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere running for their lives]] thinking a whole squad was targeting them.
7th Jun '17 12:45:55 AM FierceArtist
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamal_Udeen_Al-Harith Jamal al-Harith]] was a convert to Islam from the United Kingdom, who in 2002, after travelling to Afghanistan was captured by the Taliban believing him to be a British spy. After the US military toppled the Taliban, found him imprisoned among other foreigners, they secured his release...but then they found his story backpacking trip to Pakistan to be implausible, and themselves held him in Guantanamo Bay for over two years. He has later released without charge when no evidence emerged that he was a security threat, and sent back to the UK along with five other British detainees. He became something of a cause celebre for human rights groups to rally against the usage of torture by the United States government in the War on Terror, and even (unsuccessfully) sued then-US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for the torture he received in 2004. Fast forward to a decade later, he joins Islamic State, and in February 2017, carries out a suicide bombing at an Iraqi army base. British tabloids expressed outrage particularly over the fact that he received £1 million in compensation. Some of his relatives insist that during his imprisonment in Guantanamo, he was not a terrorist then, and it was actually the difficulty he experienced in rebuilding his life from the stigma of the "terrorist" imprisonment, that pushed him towards Islamic extremism.
15th May '17 7:05:45 AM Vlt
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* The massive cyber-attack '[=WannaCry=]' that hit the world in May 2017. A writer submitted the actual facts as a novel ("Zero Day: The story of [=MS17-010=]"). It received this [[http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2017/05/rejection-letter.html rejection letter]] for being "totally implausible".

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* The massive cyber-attack '[=WannaCry=]' that hit the world in May 2017. A writer Writer CharlesStross submitted the actual facts as a novel ("Zero Day: The story of [=MS17-010=]"). It received this [[http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2017/05/rejection-letter.html rejection letter]] for being "totally implausible".
15th May '17 2:33:54 AM Vlt
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* The massive cyber-attack '[=WannaCry=]' that hit the world in May 2017. A writer submitted the actual facts as a novel ("Zero Day: The story of [=MS17-010=]"). It received this [[http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2017/05/rejection-letter.html rejection letter]] for being "totally implausible".
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