History Main / RippedFromTheHeadlines

23rd Aug '16 4:32:16 AM Naram-Sin
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** "Anatomy of a Lye" ripped the case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chante_Jawan_Mallard Chante Jawan Mallard]], who struck a homeless man with her car, drove home with him clinging to the roof, and left him to bleed out in her garage.
** "Unfriendly Skies", a first season episode, ripped the murder of Las Vegas resident Jonathan Burton on a moving airplane, which took place a mere two months before the airing of the episode.

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** "Anatomy of a Lye" ripped the case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chante_Jawan_Mallard Chante Jawan Mallard]], who struck a homeless man with her car, drove home with him clinging to the roof, and left him to bleed out in her garage.
garage rather than taking him to a hospital.
** "Unfriendly Skies", a first season episode, ripped the murder of Las Vegas resident Jonathan Burton on aboard a moving airplane, plane, which took place a mere two months before the airing of the episode.episode.
** "Felonius Monk" was based on the massacre of several monks at a Buddhist temple in Arizona during a robbery, in 1991.
** "Overload", based on the death of a child during a "rebirthing" session intended to bound her to her adopted mother, in 2000.
** "I like to watch", featuring a woman raped in her appartment by a man pretending to be a fireman, was ripped from an identical case that took place in New York the year before.
21st Aug '16 12:55:03 PM nombretomado
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** This comes from an incident when EddieMurphy was caught picking up a transexual hooker, and insisted that he was just giving her a ride home.

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** This comes from an incident when EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy was caught picking up a transexual transsexual hooker, and insisted that he was just giving her a ride home.
16th Aug '16 1:06:33 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In Film/{{Paparazzi}}'', a Hollywood actor goes on a shutterbug killing spree after they cause an accident that nearly killed his family, an obvious reference to the circumstances surrounding the death of Princess Diana.

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* In Film/{{Paparazzi}}'', ''Film/{{Paparazzi}}'', a Hollywood actor goes on a shutterbug killing spree after they cause an accident that nearly killed his family, an obvious reference to the circumstances surrounding the death of Princess Diana.
16th Aug '16 1:06:17 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In Film/{{Paparazzi}}'', a Hollywood actor goes on a shutterbug killing spree after they cause an accident that nearly killed his family, an obvious reference to the circumstances surrounding the death of Princess Diana.
5th Aug '16 2:08:30 PM WillKeaton
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* OlderThanRadio: Creator/EdgarAllanPoe did it with the short story "Literature/TheMysteryOfMarieRoget", which is based on the real-life disappearance and apparent murder of an American woman named [[http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/classics/mary_rogers/index.html Mary Rogers]].

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* OlderThanRadio: Creator/EdgarAllanPoe did it with the short story "Literature/TheMysteryOfMarieRoget", which is based on the real-life disappearance and apparent murder of an American woman named [[http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/classics/mary_rogers/index.html Mary Rogers]].Rogers.]]



* "Delial", the girl Navidson frequently mentions in ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'', turns out to be the [[spoiler: name he mentally gave to the subject of his award-winning photograph [[http://www.fanpop.com/spots/house-of-leaves/images/1180150/title/real-delial-photo of a starving orphan girl in Africa in the view of a vulture]]. The book actually mentions the RealLife version and the photographer by name.]]

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* "Delial", the girl Navidson frequently mentions in ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'', turns out to be the [[spoiler: name he mentally gave to the subject of his award-winning photograph [[http://www.fanpop.com/spots/house-of-leaves/images/1180150/title/real-delial-photo of a starving orphan girl in Africa in the view of a vulture]]. vulture.]] The book actually mentions the RealLife version and the photographer by name.]]



* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' often has this, with episodes based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Big_Branch_Mine_disaster the Upper Big Branch mine disaster]] and [[http://www.alternet.org/story/147467/pfizer%3A_the_drug_giant_that_makes_bank_from_drugs_that_can_kill_you/ Pfizer's rather bad week of quality control]], among others. [[WordOfGod John Rogers]] often says on his blog that most of his stuff is just as pulled from the headlines as the other crime dramas, only with less [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit sodomy with a violin bow]].

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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' often has this, with episodes based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Big_Branch_Mine_disaster the Upper Big Branch mine disaster]] and [[http://www.alternet.org/story/147467/pfizer%3A_the_drug_giant_that_makes_bank_from_drugs_that_can_kill_you/ Pfizer's rather bad week of quality control]], control,]] among others. [[WordOfGod John Rogers]] often says on his blog that most of his stuff is just as pulled from the headlines as the other crime dramas, only with less [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit sodomy with a violin bow]].
5th Aug '16 2:07:56 PM WillKeaton
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* Season 13, Episode 15 "Hunting Ground", about a man who hunts and kills prostitutes and buries their bodies on a local beach: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hansen Robert Hansen]] and the still-unidentified [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Island_serial_killer Long Island Serial Killer]].

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* Season 13, Episode 15 "Hunting Ground", about a man who hunts and kills prostitutes and buries their bodies on a local beach: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hansen Robert Hansen]] and the still-unidentified [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Island_serial_killer Long Island Serial Killer]].Killer.]]
5th Aug '16 2:07:32 PM WillKeaton
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* Season 10, episode 2: "Killerz" - disturbingly based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_James_Bulger murder of James Bulger]], but with the perps as girls. ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' adapted the episode around the time Bulger's killers were up for parole, renewing national interest in the case.
** Can also be seen as having been inspired by the case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Bell Mary Bell]]
* Season 10, episode 24: "Vaya Con Dios" - heavily inspired by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indictment_and_arrest_of_Augusto_Pinochet the arrest and trial of Augusto Pinochet for human rights violations]].
* Season 11, Episode 11: "Sunday in the Park with Jorge," based in part on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rican_Day_Parade_attacks the 2000 Puerto Rican Day Parade attacks]]. Also a MissingEpisode, as community leaders weren't happy with the general portrayal of Puerto Ricans on the show and pushed back against NBC hard.

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* Season 10, episode 2: "Killerz" - disturbingly based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_James_Bulger murder of James Bulger]], Bulger,]] but with the perps as girls. ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' adapted the episode around the time Bulger's killers were up for parole, renewing national interest in the case.
** Can also be seen as having been inspired by the case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Bell Mary Bell]]
Bell.]]
* Season 10, episode 24: "Vaya Con Dios" - heavily inspired by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indictment_and_arrest_of_Augusto_Pinochet the arrest and trial of Augusto Pinochet for human rights violations]].
violations.]]
* Season 11, Episode 11: "Sunday in the Park with Jorge," based in part on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rican_Day_Parade_attacks the 2000 Puerto Rican Day Parade attacks]]. attacks.]] Also a MissingEpisode, as community leaders weren't happy with the general portrayal of Puerto Ricans on the show and pushed back against NBC hard.



* Season 12, Episode 1: "Who Let the Dogs Out?" - based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Whipple the death of Diane Whipple]].
* Season 12, Episode: "Formerly Famous" - based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Blake_(actor) the Robert Blake case]].

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* Season 12, Episode 1: "Who Let the Dogs Out?" - based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Whipple the death of Diane Whipple]].
Whipple.]]
* Season 12, Episode: "Formerly Famous" - based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Blake_(actor) the Robert Blake case]].case.]]
5th Aug '16 2:06:48 PM WillKeaton
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* Season 1, episode 2: "Subterranian Homeboy Blues". {{Gender flip}}s the Bernhard Goetz case, (the shooter in the show is a female), but makes few other changes to the real life case.

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* Season 1, episode 2: "Subterranian Homeboy Blues". Blues." {{Gender flip}}s the Bernhard Goetz case, (the shooter in the show is a female), but makes few other changes to the real life case.



* Season 1, episode 11: "Out of the Half-Light", an episode which fictionalized the then-unresolved [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tawana_Brawley_rape_allegations Tawana Brawley scandal/hoax]].

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* Season 1, episode 11: "Out of the Half-Light", an episode which fictionalized the then-unresolved [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tawana_Brawley_rape_allegations Tawana Brawley scandal/hoax]].scandal/hoax.]]
29th Jul '16 5:33:59 AM Adept
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* ''{{Tintin}}'' did this constantly in the first periodic strips published in the 1930s, to the point that modern readers might fail to get what were at the time obvious references to world events. The situation changed after ThoseWackyNazis invaded Belgium and direct commentary on those world events became... unwise. Hergé spent the war writing more light-hearted stories with no political commentary, and after the war many of the 1930s strips were re-released in book form with the more swallow references (like to popular 1930s films and actors) deleted.

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* ''{{Tintin}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' did this constantly in the first periodic strips published in the 1930s, to the point that modern readers might fail to get what were at the time obvious references to world events. The situation changed after ThoseWackyNazis invaded Belgium and direct commentary on those world events became... unwise. Hergé spent the war writing more light-hearted stories with no political commentary, and after the war many of the 1930s strips were re-released in book form with the more swallow references (like to popular 1930s films and actors) deleted.



** It's worth noting, however, that Christie always denied that she knew anything about the real-life incident when she wrote ''The Mirror Crack'd'' and that the similarities were completely coincidental (though if true, it was quite a coincidence).

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** It's worth noting, however, that Christie always denied that she knew anything about * The Literature/HerculePoirot novel, ''Literature/TheClocks'' feature an in-universe inversion. The murder mystery, which caused a lot of media uproar, was based on an unpublished detective story. In his denouement, Poirot criticises the real-life incident when she wrote ''The Mirror Crack'd'' and that the similarities were completely coincidental (though if true, it was quite a coincidence).murderer for being unoriginal.
21st Jul '16 7:01:48 AM LondonKdS
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* The "Hank After Dark" episode of ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' is about [[spoiler:a beloved TV personality who habitually sexually assaults women he meets in the industry, with overt similarities to the rape accusations against Creator/BillCosby and Creator/DavidLetterman's sexual relations with female subordinates.]]
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