Have you ever watched a reality show and wondered how the crew knew one person was going to call another person on the phone, and just happened to be there for the recipient of the call to answer? People have long speculated how much of many reality shows is actually "real," but a report from Brazil claims the unthinkable.
A Brazilian television host accused of ordering murders and broadcasting the video to increase the ratings of his crime reality series. William Souza is a former police officer and current politician. He is also accused of trafficking drugs and firearms, and denies all charges against him.
In one murder after another, Souza's tv show crew had the uncanny ability to be first on the scene, sometimes beating the police. That is until now. Police believe Souza commissioned at least five murders to boost his ratings.
Souza has yet to go on trial, but if the accusations are true, this would arguably be the biggest bruise to reality television. Can you think of any others?
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