The wife and I watched the Robin Williams movie, 'The Worlds Greatest Dad'. Man, was that ever disturbing, in retrospect.
In the movie, Williams is an unsuccessful writer, who is a dad that has a teenage son. That son is one nasty little twerp. Everyone hates the kid and the kid hates everyone and everything. The kid likes to (I don't know what you call it) ---------- while chocking himself.
Eventually, the kid chocks himself to death while doing this. So Williams makes it look like the kid commited suicide by hanging himself and writes a suicide note, pretending it was from the kid and causes it to be published in the school newspaper.
All of the sudden, everyone is changed and thinking that the kid was just misunderstood and that there is something they can learn to enrich their own lives by the kids death.
Eventually, Williams makes up and publishes a 'journal' that the kid supposedly kept (the kid had no such journal), and it was a big hit, even leading to offers to have it published, a TV appearance, as well as offers to publish the dad's work (which were never published before).
All along the way, the kid becomes a posthumous martyr for all kinds of causes. They even wanted to name the school library after the kid.
The movie ends with Williams telling everyone that they had always hated the kid and that the kid hated them too. He went on to say that the kid was, in fact, 'a real douchebag', that he (the dad) wrote the suicide note and the journal.
This 'the truth shall set you free' moment freed him from the lies, the hatred, the historic revisionism and the public opinion.
The parallels to Williams death are undeniable.