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NBC's true-crime miniseries The Thing About Pam, based on a Dateline podcast by the same name, is filled with so many twists and turns. The deeply unsettling drama, starring Renée Zellweger, Josh Duhamel, and Judy Greer, tells the story of the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria. Faria’s husband, Russ, was originally convicted of the murder but was later exonerated. In 2021, 10 years later, Betsy's best friend Pam Hupp was charged with the crime. (She's pled not guilty and is currently awaiting trial.) The events that led to this are wild, to say the least, and they were all documented in The Thing About Pam.
So, what can we learn by this case that proves reality is way stranger than fiction? “The truth always comes out in the end,” Duhamel tells NBC Insider. “You might think you’re smarter than everybody around you, but you’re not. If you continue to do things that are that heinous, malicious, and mean, you’re 'gonna go down. That, I think, is the biggest lesson.”
Meanwhile, Greer tells us a big lesson from the story is, “Be careful who you hang out with…be careful who your friends are. You just never know what’s really going on with people.”
And for Zellweger, confirmation bias was a key takeaway from Hupp's story. “There’s a lot to reflect on about our own perception of things,” she tells NBC Insider. “We can all be looking at the same thing and perceive it so very differently. I think it’s important that we don’t draw conclusions about being right, but being open to new information as it comes in to sort of shift our perspective if necessary.”
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