I have sometimes thought it was all a hoax, but when I watched this particular documentary I thought they were all telling the truth as they remembered it.
PS It occurs to me that filing a false report with the police is also a crime and one can go to jail for it. None of these kids were ever charged, though.
I think so too. It's a lot of trouble to go to to launch a book and film when a prison sentence is at stake; for all of them. Travis has always claimed that the net benefit has been negative; he wishes that it never had happened. Then there are the other guys involved; did they receive a share of the royalties from the film?
I can't believe that anyone made very much out of it. As MacG said the risk was huge that one of them would have cracked under the pressure. No it really happened; and again it's not an isolated case by any means; just the most widely publicised.