If you're not a football fan, then it might be tempting to think that Hillsborough isn't a narrative to interest you. You'd be wrong.
It's a story that begins in a sporting stadium. It affected sports fans. But it's not about sport.
Beyond the disaster itself, and all that tells about gathering for a big event, crowd control failure and survival - or death - in desperate circumstances, it's a tale about truth.
The first lie was told by the police chief in charge while people were still dying just feet away. Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield was visited by the head of the Football Association. With the two men standing in the police control box, overlooking Leppings Lane terrace where that deadly crush was occurring, Duckenfield panicked. Or attempted to cover his back. Or embarked upon a premeditated and cynical attempt to deflect the blame.
"Liverpool fans rushed the gate!" The Chief Superintendent claimed. It was a brazen falsehood. He personally had given the order to open Gate C, with no officers present to barricade the already too full central pens. His decision ultimately led to ninety-six deaths and hundreds of injuries.
Plus the knock-on effect. Those who committed suicide in the decades that followed, unable to cope with their memories.
Once the lie was out, it was compounded in the hours, days, weeks, months, years and decades to follow. Politicians, including Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, repeated it in all apparent sincerity, before the press, the Commons and various inquiry boards. Over 1300 police statements were altered by their superiors, sanitized into telling a different story, one which blamed the fans.
Selective and/or misleading evidence was presented at the Inquest, which had set out to establish blame upon alcohol, and drunken Liverpudlians, even if the 'proof' had to be manufactured.
Newspaper headlines blazed lies and repeated them endlessly, as if that made it all somehow the truth. When eye-witness reports, or even official verdicts which didn't toe the party line, contradicted the make believe, then the victims were vilified or the witness had their reputation ruined.
It was self-pity, according to those editors, which caused Merseyside to keep harping on and on about a whitewash. Scousers should accept things and shut up. But Liverpool refused to do that and eventually, twenty-two years later, the actual truth came tumbling out.