Yep, true crime really is like the Westerns of modern-day TV; a strange phenomena that’s seemed to have gripped anyone with access to a screen.
We’ve already seen that a series about The Yorkshire Ripper is on the way to Netflix soon, and now there’s another to add to the list.
Released on 31st May, Killer Ratings explores the bizarre tale of a Brazilian TV host who allegedly ordered murders in a bid to boost his TV ratings.
As I say, bizarre.
Souza became famous when he started hosting Canal Livre, a TV news programme broadcast in a remote and lawless part of Brazil.
As the show gained in popularity, Souza is accused of ordering the murders he covered on the show in a bid to ensure his programme remained a hit, with his own bodyguard accusing him of being at the head of a criminal organisation.
Imagine that in this country – it’d be like a BBC newsreader being a Mafia don.
Souza was ultimately charged with murder, drug trafficking and the formation of a criminal group and was expelled from the state assembly before disappearing. However, his victims’ families were robbed of closure when Souza died of a heart attack while awaiting trial when he was eventually caught.
The creators and researchers have delved deep into the case for the series which includes interviews with everyone including those working at Canal Livre, close friends and family, and police. Killer Ratings – directed by Daniel Bogado, best known for his work on The Hunt for Boko Haram – also includes never-seen-before footage of Souza filmed while the scandal was taking place.
Check out the trailer below:
Daniel Bogada told Deadline: “What I thought I knew about Wallace Souza when I set out, turned out only to be the starting point of this extraordinary story.
“When I looked deeper, I saw the events that followed were full of the most jaw-dropping turns, twists and shocks which would be deemed too outlandish in a Hollywood script.”
The docuseries has gone down a storm since dropping, with some even calling it Netflix’s best yet:
Killer Ratings is available to stream right now so get the heck to it.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.