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22nd Jul '17 10:02:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* The 100th episode, "Control", is based on the story of John Jamelske, who spet five years kidnapping women of varying ages and ethnicities and holding them prisoner in his home for varying intervals (several years for some, several months for others) before eventually releasing them. Unlike the real-life case, where Jamelske was eventually caught and arrested, the twist came when the perp in question was murdered by one of his victims when she encountered him on the subway sometime after her release.

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* The 100th episode, "Control", is based on the story of John Jamelske, who spet spent five years kidnapping women of varying ages and ethnicities and holding them prisoner in his home for varying intervals (several years for some, several months for others) before eventually releasing them. Unlike the real-life case, where Jamelske was eventually caught and arrested, the twist came when the perp in question was murdered by one of his victims when she encountered him on the subway sometime after her release.
17th Jul '17 7:28:32 PM CaptEquinox
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* Rumer Godden's 1969 novel ''In This House of Brede'', follows a newcomer to an order of Benedictine nuns, who [[TakingTheVeil takes the veil]] in her middle years. One reason is the death of her 5-year-old son in a highly publicized accident years before. With only a few details changed, this part of the story seems to have come from a combination of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floyd_Collins Floyd Collins]] tragedy and that of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathy_Fiscus Kathy Fiscus]].
17th Jul '17 3:24:48 AM CaptEquinox
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* Superhero comics got a nasty shock when 9/11 happened, as 9/11 actually sounds a lot like a comic book plot. DC and Marvel had a rather hard time figuring out how to address 9/11 properly in universes in which gods, aliens, giant robots, and supervillains with otherworldly powers and weapons of mass destruction terrorize American citizens, ''especially'' New Yorkers, with death and mayhem on a rather regular basis.

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* Superhero comics got a nasty shock when 9/11 the September 11, 2001 attacks happened, as 9/11 these attacks actually sounds sound a lot like a comic book plot. DC and Marvel had a rather hard time figuring out how to address 9/11 properly in universes in which gods, aliens, giant robots, and supervillains with otherworldly powers and weapons of mass destruction terrorize American citizens, ''especially'' New Yorkers, with death and mayhem on a rather regular basis.



** DC put out a few anthology stories showing their heroes dealing with the tragedy. A particularly strong story, which also managed to avoid the logic gaffes from the above-mentioned Marvel reactions, was {{Dwayne McDuffie}}'s ''Comicbook/{{Static}}'' entry. Rather than dealing with the destruction of the Twin Towers themselves, the story instead focused on the backlash against innocent Muslims that began once people started blaming them for 9/11.

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** DC put out a few anthology four volumes of anthologies: ''9-11: Artists Respond'', ''9-11: The World's Finest Comic Book Writers & Artists Tell Stories to Remember'', ''9-11: Emergency Relief'' and ''A Moment of Silence'', stories showing their heroes dealing with the tragedy. A particularly strong story, which also managed to avoid the logic gaffes from the above-mentioned Marvel reactions, was {{Dwayne McDuffie}}'s ''Comicbook/{{Static}}'' entry.entry in the second volume. Rather than dealing with the destruction of the Twin Towers themselves, the story instead focused on the backlash against innocent Muslims that began once people started blaming them for 9/11. Several of the other stories also had this theme and reminded readers that people of all faiths, Muslims included, died in the attacks.
16th Jul '17 5:03:48 PM nombretomado
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* The Series/{{Leverage}} team also took down a Madoff expy and [[RoyalPains Hank-Med]] was hired to treat another one.

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* The Series/{{Leverage}} team also took down a Madoff expy and [[RoyalPains [[Series/RoyalPains Hank-Med]] was hired to treat another one.
16th Jul '17 2:28:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* Occurred in ''{{Series/Casualty}}'' in July 2012, Casualty did a two part episode, featuring a riot in its fictional setting of Holby, this was similar to the riots in English cities a year ago.

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* ''{{Series/Casualty}}'':
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Occurred in ''{{Series/Casualty}}'' in July 2012, Casualty did a two part episode, featuring a riot in its fictional setting of Holby, this was similar to the riots in English cities a year ago.



* ''Series/LALaw'' once had an episode based on the case of Angela Carder, a pregnant woman terminally ill with cancer forced to undergo premature cesarean section by court order. In RealLife, both died. On TV, the baby survived.

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* ''Series/LALaw'' ''Series/LALaw'':
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once had an episode based on the case of Angela Carder, a pregnant woman terminally ill with cancer forced to undergo premature cesarean section by court order. In RealLife, both died. On TV, the baby survived.



* One episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' takes the pregnancy pact reportedly taken by a group of Mass. girls and incorporates it into the storyline.
** Bones herself thought it was a good idea for the girls to band together; meanwhile in RealLife the "pact" turned out to be a huge coincidence fanned by rumors and probably more then a little snarking.
* One episode of ''Series/LieToMe'' was based on the Bernie Madoff blowup and the pilot had a similar plot line to the Elliot Spitzer scandal.
** Secret Santa lampshades this by referring to the even that inspired the episode.
** The Series/{{Leverage}} team also took down a Madoff expy and [[RoyalPains Hank-Med]] was hired to treat another one.

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* One episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' takes the pregnancy pact reportedly taken by a group of Mass. girls and incorporates it into the storyline.
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storyline. Bones herself thought it was a good idea for the girls to band together; meanwhile in RealLife the "pact" turned out to be a huge coincidence fanned by rumors and probably more then a little snarking.
* One episode of ''Series/LieToMe'' was based on the Bernie Madoff blowup and the pilot had a similar plot line to the Elliot Spitzer scandal.
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scandal. Secret Santa lampshades this by referring to the even that inspired the episode.
** * The Series/{{Leverage}} team also took down a Madoff expy and [[RoyalPains Hank-Med]] was hired to treat another one.



** So did ''CSI:NY'', with the twist (of course) being [[spoiler:the "dead" girl's mother accidentally killed her own daughter, who she (and everyone else) thought was the party-girl "survivor".]]

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** * So did ''CSI:NY'', ''Series/{{CSINY}}'', with the twist (of course) being [[spoiler:the "dead" girl's mother accidentally killed her own daughter, who she (and everyone else) thought was the party-girl "survivor".]]



* Original flavour ''Series/{{CSI}} Vegas'' did an episode revolving around guns produced in 3D printers, within barely a month of news breaking about Defense Distributed's Liberator.

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* Original flavour ''Series/{{CSI}} Vegas'' Vegas'':
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did an episode revolving around guns produced in 3D printers, within barely a month of news breaking about Defense Distributed's Liberator.



* Happened accidentally on ''TheUnit'', in an episode where the members of the unit infiltrate Syria to rescue Jonas' daughter, despite being strictly told not to do so because it constitutes as an act of war against a sovereign nation. Just two weeks before the episode was aired, there were actual news reports of an American attack in Syria, involving an infiltration team and helicopters. While the episode itself was (probably) written and filmed long before these events, the fact that it aired two weeks after it actually happened make this a curious case of accidental RippedFromTheHeadlines. (In point of fact, such a coincidence would usually lead to such an episode being pulled by the network and rescheduled for later, on account of it being TooSoon.)
* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "The Late Shaft" pretty much based its entire story around the [[Series/TheTonightShow Jay Leno]]-Creator/ConanOBrien debacle over at Creator/{{NBC}}, with a dash of David Letterman's affair/blackmail story thrown in for good measure. Creator/NathanFillion was a guest on ''Jimmy Kimmel Live'' that night...

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* Happened accidentally on ''TheUnit'', ''Series/TheUnit'', in an episode where the members of the unit infiltrate Syria to rescue Jonas' daughter, despite being strictly told not to do so because it constitutes as an act of war against a sovereign nation. Just two weeks before the episode was aired, there were actual news reports of an American attack in Syria, involving an infiltration team and helicopters. While the episode itself was (probably) written and filmed long before these events, the fact that it aired two weeks after it actually happened make this a curious case of accidental RippedFromTheHeadlines. (In point of fact, such a coincidence would usually lead to such an episode being pulled by the network and rescheduled for later, on account of it being TooSoon.)
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
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The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "The Late Shaft" pretty much based its entire story around the [[Series/TheTonightShow Jay Leno]]-Creator/ConanOBrien debacle over at Creator/{{NBC}}, with a dash of David Letterman's affair/blackmail story thrown in for good measure. Creator/NathanFillion was a guest on ''Jimmy Kimmel Live'' that night...



* In ''Series/TheGoodWife'' episode "Whack-a-Mole", after a bombing in Milwaukee an Internet witch-hunt starts up on a website that is [[FictionalCounterpart totally not Reddit]]. The witch is an Arab-American anthropology professor who kinda looks like a blurry photograph not-Reddit thinks is the bomber. This was clearly lifted from what happened on the real Reddit after the Boston Marathon bombings, except the real Reddit didn't end up getting sued for defamation.

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* ''Series/TheGoodWife'':
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In ''Series/TheGoodWife'' the episode "Whack-a-Mole", after a bombing in Milwaukee an Internet witch-hunt starts up on a website that is [[FictionalCounterpart totally not Reddit]]. The witch is an Arab-American anthropology professor who kinda looks like a blurry photograph not-Reddit thinks is the bomber. This was clearly lifted from what happened on the real Reddit after the Boston Marathon bombings, except the real Reddit didn't end up getting sued for defamation.



* Season 1, episode 15 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' (''The Benders'') features a family named after The Bloody Benders, a serial killer family from the late 1800s (though [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame their MO]] is closer to 20th century serial killer Robert Hansen).

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
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Season 1, episode 15 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' (''The Benders'') features a family named after The Bloody Benders, a serial killer family from the late 1800s (though [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame their MO]] is closer to 20th century serial killer Robert Hansen).
6th Jul '17 3:22:13 PM TheUnknownUploader
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** This backfire in season 20, when [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election]] forced massive rewrites to the StoryArc that had been written [[DeweyDefeatsTruman when most assumed that Hillary Clinton would win]], resulting in [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse dropped plotlines]] and a BrokenBase.
6th Jul '17 3:57:30 AM Ulrik54
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* ''Film/TheWave2015'' is based around the eventual landslide of the unstable mountain Åkerneset, spawning a 300ft GiantWallOfWateryDoom that will reach our protagonists and {{Mauve Shirt}}s and everyone else in 10 minutes, a scenario which [[ParanoiaFuel will eventually happen]].
25th Jun '17 2:08:31 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' pulled a trifecta when they combined Rhianna's physical abuse, "sexting" (teens sending nude pics over their cellphones), and [[spoiler: a scandal about two judges who'd send kids with very minor offenses to private juvenile facilities for cash (basically [[strike:''{{Holes}}'' if Stanley's judge was getting paid for each kid he sent to Camp Green Lake)]] Sunlight Home from Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheTalisman''.]]

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' pulled a trifecta when they combined Rhianna's physical abuse, "sexting" (teens sending nude pics over their cellphones), and [[spoiler: a scandal about two judges who'd send kids with very minor offenses to private juvenile facilities for cash (basically [[strike:''{{Holes}}'' [[strike:''Literature/{{Holes}}'' if Stanley's judge was getting paid for each kid he sent to Camp Green Lake)]] Sunlight Home from Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheTalisman''.]]
22nd Jun '17 11:47:54 AM jamespolk
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* The heist film ''Saving Mr. Wu'' is based off the real-life abduction of actor Wu Ruofu. He was kidnapped and held hostage for 21 hours by gangsters looking to make a quick buck in 2004 before being rescued. In the film, Wu himself plays one of the rescuers in tribute to the real policemen who saved him.

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* The heist film ''Saving Mr. Wu'' is based off the real-life abduction of actor Wu Ruofu. He ''Film/{{Boy}}'': InspiredBy a RealLife scandal in 1966 Japan, when a couple was kidnapped and held hostage arrested for 21 hours running a {{Flopsy}} scam in which they arranged for their 10-year-old son to be hit by gangsters looking to make a quick buck in 2004 before being rescued. In the film, Wu himself plays one of the rescuers in tribute to the real policemen who saved him. cars.
21st Jun '17 10:45:53 AM kleinelevin
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* ''Film/{{RomperStomper}}'' was based on several racial incidents in the 80s and early 90s, but most prominently on the history of the neo nazi Dane Sweetman, who murderer David Noble [[AxCrazy and cutted his leg off with an ax]].

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* ''Film/{{RomperStomper}}'' ''Film/RomperStomper'' was based on several racial incidents in the 80s and early 90s, but most prominently on the history of the neo nazi Dane Sweetman, who murderer his friend David Noble [[AxCrazy and cutted his leg off with an ax]].
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