From the Associated Press: Wallace Souza, a legislator in Sao Paolo, Brazil, used to host a popular investigative reality TV show. He is now being charged with ordering at least five murders and then sending his crew to the crime scenes before police. Souza started “Canal Livre” (“Free Channel” in Portuguese) in 1989 on a local commercial station in Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s largely lawless Amazonas state. It became extremely popular among Manaus’ 1.7 million residents before going off the air late last year as police intensified their investigation.
“The order to execute always came from the legislator and his son, who then alerted the TV crews to get to the scene before the police,” state police intelligence chief Thomaz Vasconcelos charged in an interview with The Associated Press. The killings, he said, “appear to have been committed to get rid of his rivals and increase the audience of the TV show.”
Souza’s son, Rafael, has been jailed on charges of homicide, drug trafficking and illegal gun possession. Police said Wallace Souza faces charges of drug trafficking, gang formation and weapons possession, but has not been charged with any killings.
Souza remains free because of legislative immunity that prevents him from being arrested as long as he is a lawmaker. He is being investigated by a special task force, and state judicial authorities will decide whether the case goes forward. Vasconcelos said the crimes appear to have served the Souzas in two ways: They eliminated drug-trafficking rivals, and they boosted ratings.
I mean… holy crap. I guess he was only killing “bad guys,” so it’s like he’s got his Dexter on, but still. Also? Makes stuff like “Dating in the Dark” and “More to Love” look a little different now.