Sunday’s 11:00 Law and Order: Criminal Intent was an episode about a book by a 14-year-old author about her experiences with ALS. The author turned out to be a fake and her “foster parents” had invented her in order to get some royalties and the such. The crime the show focused on originally was the murder of a publisher who was skeptical about the girl’s existence.
Before the episode, there was one of those disclaimers about how the show was based on a true event, but the characters were changed, so on and so forth. Does anyone have any recollection of an event like this actually taking place?