Recently, streaming TV viewers, foreign and Brazilian alike, learned of the stranger-than-fiction story of Wallace Souza—the TV host-turned-politician who was accused of commanding a group of hitmen to carry out killings in order to boost his own viewing figures—thanks to Netflix’s Killer Ratings. Now, Brazil is witnessing another startling criminal case involving another high-profile political figure. It’s a story with so many twists and turns that it has been hard to keep up.
On June 16, an evangelical preacher, Anderson do Carmo, was killed outside his home in Niteroi, in Greater Rio. He was the husband of Flordelis de Souza, herself a preacher and a federal congresswoman—last year, she was the fifth best-voted lawmaker in the state of Rio de Janeiro.