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When Nancy Grace's ratings slip...

...maybe she'll take a programming tip from Brazil's Canal Livre show, which took its get-tough-on-crime Tvmurderscoverage to the next level. Police say show host Wallace Souza, a former cop who regularly delivered Gracian rants about how "when I became a police officer in 1979, bandits weren't raised in this city — no way," came up with a novel way to keep the show lively when the crime rate came down: He had people killed, and made sure Canal Livre's cameras got to the scene first.

Souza hasn't been charged with anything because, as a state legislator, he's immune. But the police say he ordered at least five murders. "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 told the Associated Press.

Souza's son Rafael has been jailed on charges of murder, illegal weapons possession and narcotrafficking:  In these days when TV shows need multiple revenue streams, the cops say, the Souzas were also dealing drugs. In a happy coincidence, the police add, all the murder victims were rival drug gangsters -- or, as our own network executives would put it, mutually supportive platform development.

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Lesley

Gracian rants! I love it. All hail Nancy Grace!

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