A new Netflix documentary explores the story of a Brazilian TV host who ordered assassins to kill people so that he could film the crime scenes to increase the viewing figures.
Wallace Souza, 58, was the presenter of Canal Livre, the crime show, which became the most-watched news show ever in Amazonas, a state in northwestern Brazil.
It concerned Souza, in a studio, preaching against rampant crime in the state, and often had exclusive images of arrests, crime scenes, and drug trafficking.
One clip even showed a reporter approaching a newly burned corpse, covering his nose with his shirt and noting that & # 39; it was going to barbecue & # 39; smells.
Souza was eventually accused of ordering murders before alerting the TV crew so they could come to the scene for detectives.
Wallace Souza, 58, was the presenter of Canal Livre, the crime show, which became the most-watched news show ever in Amazonas, a state in northwestern Brazil
The former police officer also reportedly changed the state senator with a drug smuggling and used his killers to eliminate his rivals.
His story will be revealed in Killer Ratings, a real television documentary series that appeared on Netflix today.
According to the accusations against him, Souza had secretly set fire to drug traffickers and even ordered gangland hits by moped riders before he solved the crimes & # 39; during his weekly show.
He said the allegations were absurd and that he and his son were set up by political enemies and drug dealers who were threatened by his ruthless crime coverage and crossing legislative probes.
Souza insisted that his news crews first have to kill scenes by using police informers and radio scanners to follow the police and by following the coroner's van from the town's mortuary.
He said: & # 39; I was the one who organized legislative investigations on organized crime, prison, corruption, drug trafficking by the police and pedophilia. & # 39; He continued to protest against his innocence until he died of a heart attack in 2010, awaiting trial.
According to the accusations against him, Souza had secretly set fire to drug dealers and even ordered gangland hits by mopeds
Souza once said: & We must put an end to the scourge of crime and to the politicians who do not fight it.
& # 39; The only good delinquent is a dead delinquent. & # 39;
To be The police career ended in shame when he was accused of being involved in a college fraud investigation.
He went on to a TV star and participated in house raids with pistols, with which he won a legion of fans.
At the start of each episode he said: & # 39; These days, everyone kills. & # 39;
However, the police soon realized that his Canal Livre show would be at the crime scene and that their reports would be extremely detailed.
Police intelligence chief Thomaz Augusto Correa at the time: & # 39; Crimes have been committed to create news for the group and for the program. & # 39;
Souza & # 39; s former bodyguard, Moacir Jorge da Costa, was arrested in 2009 and he confessed the truth about his employer.
This led to the arrest of 15 drug dealers, presumably led by the charismatic host, as well as the son of Souza, several senior police officers and a show producer.
Da Costa even claimed that Souza and his son were involved in a plot to assassinate a federal judge.
Souza was indicted in October 2009 and expelled from the meeting, removed from his chair and the Partido Popular party turned off.
However, he always maintained his innocence, even when police raided his home and discovered more than £ 100,000, and an arsenal of high-caliber rifles and used bullet casings.
Detectives thought the casings might have been removed from the crime scene.
Souza fled before finally giving himself up and died of a heart attack.
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