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Aug 24th, 2009, 09:41 AM
A TV presenter in Brazil (http://explore.dailymail.co.uk/locations/countries/brazil) is being investigated for allegedly running a ruthless death squad to boost his show's ratings.
Wallace Souza, 58, is accused of ordering murders before alerting TV crews to get to the scene before detectives.
The ex-policeman turned state senator also ran a drug smuggling ring and used his killers to eliminate his rivals, police say.

Last night his 25-year-old son Rafael was under arrest charged with homicide, drug trafficking and illegal gun possession.
Under Brazilian law Souza cannot be arrested because he is a politician, but state judicial authorities are to meet to decide whether the case goes ahead.
Souza's show, Canal Livre, has been running on a channel in Sao Paulo for 20 years.
He said the allegations were absurd and that he and his son were being set up by political enemies and drug dealers under threat from his relentless crime coverage and crusading legislative probes.

He added that his news crews got to murder scenes first by using police informants and radio scanners monitoring police channels, and by following the coroner's van from the city mortuary.

'I was the one who organised legislative inquiries into organised crime, the prison system, corruption, drug trafficking by police, and paedophilia,' Souza said.
In one murder after another, the Canal Livre crime TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victim.
Too uncanny, say police, who are investigating the show's host, state legislator Wallace Souza, on suspicion of commissioning at least five of the murders to boost his ratings and prove his claim that Brazil's Amazon region is awash with violent crime.

'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.
The killings of competing drug traffickers, he said, 'appear to have been committed to get rid of his rivals and increase the audience of the TV show.'
Souza's lawyer, Francisco Balieiro, said that the only witness is a disgraced police officer hoping for leniency in nine murders he is charged with.
'There is not one piece of material proof in these accusations,' Balieiro said.
Vasconcelos said the accusations, which have made headlines in Brazil, stem from the testimony of several former employees and security guards who worked with the Souzas, allegedly as part of a gang of former police officers involved in drug trafficking.
Souza became a media personality after a career as a police officer that ended in disgrace, according to Vasconcelos.
He said the lawmaker was fired for involvement in scams involving fuel theft and pension fraud.


Buddha Belly
Aug 29th, 2009, 10:13 PM

Quite good, yet worrying at the same time.

Enjoy... [URL]http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7673591.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7673591.stm)

Aug 29th, 2009, 10:30 PM
how odd

Buddha Belly
Aug 29th, 2009, 10:37 PM
I liked the reason why it was thrown out. It was a very clever way of sideswiping an issue

Aug 29th, 2009, 10:46 PM
you could file it through designated representatives in some territories. E.g. Holy See and represented by the Catholic Church and it's Earthly hierarchy.
The problem there is specifying exactly whom the offences are attributed to, the catholic God, anglican etc (all the same but not in law) then would have to be specific. However having a legal injunction against such churches should not be as difficult. Whenever some bishop says HIV/ AIDS is God's punishment then this can be deemed a confession and the church in question held responsible. Perhaps this would teach them to shut their traps once in a while and the next time they thought of saying that the HIV epidemic is God's punishment to Africa and the world for permitting certain activities they would count to ten, walk over to the railway and jump in front of the next train.

Buddha Belly
Aug 29th, 2009, 10:49 PM
The Pope is indeed Jesus's representative on Earth and he is the same as god on the trilogy etc. Sorry if this offends.

Aug 29th, 2009, 10:56 PM
I also like the idea of freezing the assets of churches like the catholic, anglican and so on. The have literally trillions of pounds of assets between them, maybe not being able to rake in so much from those assets for a while will help them focus.

Aug 30th, 2009, 06:31 PM
Perhaps this would teach them to shut their traps once in a while and the next time they thought of saying that the HIV epidemic is God's punishment to Africa and the world for permitting certain activities they would count to ten, walk over to the railway and jump in front of the next train.

Don't think many train drivers would agree with you!:eek:


Aug 30th, 2009, 06:42 PM
ok then go to the nearest cliff and jump off or go sky diving without a parachute

Sep 2nd, 2009, 10:38 AM

Quite good, yet worrying at the same time.

Enjoy... [URL]http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7673591.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7673591.stm)

Love the image. It is so naive.

Sep 3rd, 2009, 10:36 PM


Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:38 PM
^I don't understand what makes her UFO story so hard to believe. Many people have reported triangular shaped UFOs; don't fall for the Hollywood stereotype that they are all saucer shaped.

Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:49 PM
or that all abductees smell of home-made rum, have yokel accents and only one tooth left.
However, venus?

Sep 14th, 2009, 09:04 PM
'armless getaway driver crashes


You have to hand it to him, he didn't leave any fingerprints.

Sep 15th, 2009, 11:51 AM
Just desserts. (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/theblotter/2009787305_--_from_times_staff_reporter_2.html?fatty=yes)

Sep 17th, 2009, 03:09 PM
Most likely a deformed sloth, but bizarre nonetheless



Sep 17th, 2009, 08:06 PM
Not sure why, but for some reason the pictures make me feel really sad. :(

Sep 17th, 2009, 08:27 PM
me too :(

Sep 23rd, 2009, 12:18 AM
"There's something we don't understand. We'd better kill it." :mad:

Sep 23rd, 2009, 01:49 AM
^I'm confident this news story is a fabrication or at least the childrens' story of "we defended ourselves with sticks and rocks" is a hoax. What we see here is the remains of a land animal that after naturally dieing fell into the water or was washed from shore into the water and after a period of days/weeks the hair naturally falls off as the carcass decomposes. Humans never saw this creature alive and it is probably some very common animal that none of us recognize because we never get to see normally furry animals in a state of complete baldness. Notice they also were careful to photograph it with no common objects near by, so a sense of scale is impossible. A sloth? For all we know this thing could be the size of a squirrel or a rodent.

We had a similar urban legend a year ago here about the mysterious "Long Island Monster" that was found and photographed also under unusual circumstances:


Turns out it was a raccoon, they are exceedingly common here, yet nobody but dental experts could figure it out because we never see bald raccoons.

Sep 23rd, 2009, 03:48 AM
made me laugh. a relief from all the flood related articles i've been reading.

Sep 23rd, 2009, 03:15 PM
Ah yes Mahk, the Montauk Monster. It was always difficult to judge the size of the MM because of what you say, no scale cues on the photo. I've no idea how big a raccoon is meant to be but the facial features do correspond quite well. Nice to see fellow cryptozoologists on this thread!

Sep 23rd, 2009, 03:46 PM
On a separate note - THIS :eek:

The world's biggest burger. So, so unnecessary

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?Felling_peckish?_Meet_the_13_stone_re cord-breaking_biggest_burger&in_article_id=739605&in_page_id=2

Sep 23rd, 2009, 03:50 PM
If only it was made by fry's and vegan

Sep 23rd, 2009, 05:23 PM
what the hell can they do with that thing after it's made???