Daily Archives: August 13, 2009

Serial Killing for Ratings?

Just when you think you’ve heard everything here comes a story from Brazil. It seems that police have accused state legislator Wallace Souza of drug trafficking and contracting the murder of at least five people who apparently worked for a rival trafficker. Yawn. Read this before. Glad they’re killing each other and not some innocent citizen.


But this one gets weird.

Souza is also the host of a TV crime show called Canal Livre. Police believe that in order to prove his contention that Brazil’s Amazon area is a hotbed of violent crime and to boost the ratings of his show, Souza ordered the murders. Is this a case of killing two birds with a single stone, or creating a self-fulfilling prophesy, or maybe serial killing for fun and profit?

Would you believe this if you read it in a novel?

AP Story

Guardian UK Story

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