I've only seen the first two episodes, but I suppose so.
The show hit me pretty hard, having spent a lot of time working in Lake Charles, LA.Stick with it -- Episode 4 is a real doozie
Anyway, the point of my comment is that the writer, Nic Pizzolatto, grew up in Lake Charles, so he knows exactly the kind of twisted s*#& goes on there -- very, very close to what you were saying, although I have no idea what or where your own hometown may be.
I'd like the potential for it to turn open-ended and if they have the natural reaction of wanting to burn the whole place to the ground then that does limit things.
Yeah, I get that a lot, too, with some players. If it's a small town, you can always have the same kinds of creepy stuff going on in a lot of the neighboring towns, so all is not lost. If it's a major city, well, that makes it that much harder to burn down, so that's something.