Overnight, the Brazilian media’s fascination with the disappearance of a famous futebol player’s former girlfriend ballooned into obsession. For gringos in Brazil who remember the events preceding the OJ Simpson murder trial, TV coverage this afternoon has looked eerily familiar.
The domestic media has been following the saga of Bruno Fernandes, goalie of the country’s most popular sports club, Flamengo, for weeks. The soccer star has maintained his innocence since his ex and the mother of his son, Eliza Samudio, 25, went missing weeks ago.
Yesterday, a 17-year-old cousin of the Flamengo goalie told police that Samudio was indeed dead. Today, a Brazilian judge issued a decree instructing police to arrest Bruno, his wife and his friend, Luiz Henrique Ferreira Romão, known by the nickname Macarrão (macaroni), among others.
Since the announcement that Bruno was wanted by authorities, TV stations in São Paulo have remained fixed on the story. Aerial shots of the highways in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais states, where Bruno is believed to be, have conquered screens. I would swear this was 1994 if a white Ford Bronco were to appear.
Now, various outlets are reporting that Bruno and Macaroni are expected to turn themselves into police before the end of the day. Somewhere, the Brazilian equivalents of F. Lee Bailey, Johnnie Cochran, Carl Douglas, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Kardashian, Barry Scheck and Robert Shapiro are watching eagerly.