You can thank the month of October for bringing up this idea, which was totally traumatic to research by the way. I will never sleep again. Until tonight. Then I'm sleeping like a baby. But everything before that will be marred by the worst Google search history any of my laptops have ever seen - and that includes when I was living in the dorms.
Anyway, when one thinks of Hollywood, the words “restraint” and “truth”, are usually so far down the list you’d have to check into Dwight Schrute’s Hotel Hell to find them. What basic networks refuse to show, they’ll put on AMC – and since no one is ever satisfied with side cleavage and darkened shadows of a naked girl, HBO and premium cable shows will claim it. Shows and films are often plagued with the tag line, “Inspired by actual events” or “Based on a true story”. Now, most of the time they aren’t technically lying: someone somewhere did something horrible and they wrote about it in their blog. Usually, films and TV jump at the chance for as much gore and heart-wrenching details they can squeeze out of their sources not unlike a teenager popping a dozen zits (I'm so sorry for that mental image).
But once in a while Hollywood does something truly shocking: they show restraint because the details in the actual story are so outrageous that audiences wouldn’t believe it.