Shows like Crimewatch, which detail real-life crimes, are horrifying enough on their own. But in the early 00s Walter Souza, the host of Brazil’s Canal Livre, managed to make it even more grisly.
His show – which exposed murders, kidnappings and other crimes – was so popular he was elected congressman in his home state of Amazonas. It later transpired he had ordered murders in order to reach crime scenes first and boost his ratings.
Souza’s story is the topic of a new Netflix documentary, Killer Ratings. And it is already receiving rave reviews.
Fans have been lapping it up.
“Last night I started to watch a new Brazilian true crime series, Killer Ratings - a Netflix Original - and it's really, really good,” one fan wrote. “Fascinating and wild story. Can't wait until I'm tonight to continue with it!”
Last night I started to watch a new Brazilian true crime series, Killer Ratings - a Netflix Original - and it's really, really good. Fascinating and wild story. Can't wait until I'm tonight to continue with it!
— Fred Andersson (@HomoSatanis) June 6, 2019
'Killer Ratings' is completely fascinating, horrifying and insane. Based on the story of Wallace Souza, a Brazilian television host who ordered murders to bost the ratings of his television show. A real treat for fans of true crime and stranger than fiction documentaries. pic.twitter.com/5ptE0s7e3G
— Liam Pendergast (@neonwhite900) June 6, 2019
And another described it as “completely fascinating and horrifying” – which, as crime documentaries go, is a pretty good endorsement.
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