Murder is good for ratings

Brazilian TV host investigated for hits he may have ordered to boost ratings

Wallace Souza, a former police officer and Brazilian politician, uses his popular television show to rail against violent crime. He also happens to be under investigation for allegedly ordering the murders of at least five people, and is accused of links to drug trafficking, death squads and organized crime. An investigation started last year after Souza’s bodyguard was accused of nine murders, and has resulted in the arrests of 20 people, including several police officers and Souza’s son. Police also found more than $180,000 and an arsenal of weapons at Souza’s house. He denies the charges, and says the investigation is part of a political campaign against him.

The Guardian

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