Pablo Escobar was the biggest drug trafficker in the western hemisphere in the 80s, but his life ended just as he’d lived it – violently. He was gunned down in December 1993 on the roof of a Medellín apartment where the drug kingpin was hiding. His notoriety eventually faded away, but Netflix hopes to revive it in their hit series, Narcos.
The series can only show so much though. What about the smaller facts that the show didn’t bother with or couldn’t fit into their episodes? Well, here is a list of facts that you might not have known about Pablo Escobar.
Escobar Killed A lot of People
It’s no secret that Escobar killed a lot of people during his reign in Medellín, Columbia. He lived a “silver or lead” lifestyle. It is estimated that he was connected to the deaths of over 3,000 people, including women and children.
As detailed in the show, he also killed countless politicians, presidential candidates, and over 200 judges who opposed him.
Escobar Married His Wife When She Was 15 Years Old
Escobar fell in love with his sister’s best friend Maria Victoria, a young girl whose parents were rich and disapproved of their love. The two met when Victoria was 13 years old and married two years later after they ran away together.
The marriage wasn’t without its bumps. Escobar was accused of adultery on more than one occasion but always assured his wife that she was the one and only woman for him. Escobar was 12 years her senior. The two had two children Juan Pablo and Manuela.
He Feared Extradition
There wasn’t much the godfather of cocaine feared as he was normally the one instilling fear into those who opposed him. But Escobar was afraid of one thing — being extradited.
With the rampant corruption in Columbia he was safe, but he knew if he was ever extradited to America he would be jailed there for the rest of his life. He feared this more than death itself.
Escobar Built His Own Prison Run By His Own Men
At some point, he had to pay for his crimes. However, he had control of most of the government, so few opposed him.
After hearing rumors that he might be extradited, Escobar agreed to serve a maximum sentence of five years if the Colombian government would guarantee that he would not be extradited to the United States.
He built his own luxurious prison which was more of a resort than your typical prison. His family was able to visit him whenever he wanted. The prison was often called “Club Medellín,” or “Hotel Escobar.”
Escobar Burned $2 Million To Keep His Daughter Warm
Towards the end of Escobar’s life, he was constantly on the run from rival gangs and the Colombian and American government. He was one of the most wanted men in two different countries.
He was constantly on the move. After running to a safe house that had no heat in the middle of winter, he set $2 million dollars on fire to create heat to keep his daughter from suffering hypothermia.
He Flew His Drugs To America Himself In The Beginning
He took flying lessons and began to make his own runs to America. Each flight contained $500,000 worth of cocaine. He hid the drugs in the tires of the plane.
In the high of cocaine’s popularity in the 80s, 9 out of 10 users were snorting Escobar’s cocaine.
$2 Billion Of Profit Was Eaten By Rats Every Year
Researchers estimate that Escobar made $60 million per day, $420 million a week, $1.8 billion a month and roughly $22 billion in a year. Escobar has so much money that he hid it in various places, sort of like a millionaire’s rainy day fund.
However, some of the places he chose to hide his money were less than ideal. $2 billion dollars were eaten or destroyed by rats each year.
His Empire Spent $4,000 a Month On Rubber Bands For Money
According to the book, The Accountant’s Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel, Escobar’s brother Roberto disclosed that they would spend $1,000 a week on rubber bands to hold the money.
Imagine spending thousands of dollars on ordinary rubber bands.
He Blew Up an Airline
In 1990, Escobar wanted presidential candidate César Gaviria Trujillo dead. When Trujillo boarded Avianca Airlines 203, a bomb went off killing 110 people mid-flight.
It’s easy to see why he’s considered notorious.