Pablo Escobar cherished his family and sang in the shower, yet he put a bomb on a passenger flight and approved torture methods such as genital electrocution and force-feeding petrol fumes – which made people’s eyeballs pop out.
Numerous books have tried to analyse his character. Researching his life, I found that each book only provided a few pieces of the puzzle. My first book about Pablo was part of a series exposing the War on Drugs. Since its publication, I’ve received numerous requests to write Pablo’s biography unadulterated by politics. This book is my attempt to satisfy that demand and to include everything I have learned about Pablo while researching my books on the Cali Cartel and Barry Seal.
Thanks to Pablo’s Escobar’s son, Juan Pablo, and his former hitman, Popeye – who was released and now has a popular YouTube channel – there is far more up-to-date information available about Pablo, much of which corrects earlier versions of the big stories such as the absence of Los Pepes at Pablo’s death and the murders of Pablo’s friends, Moncada and Galeano, who had started to provide information to the Cali Cartel. In 2017, General Maza was sentenced to 30 years for conspiring to murder the presidential candidate Galán, which in previous accounts, was squarely blamed on Pablo. It is my hope that this book clears up past errors and provides the most comprehensive account of Pablo’s life.