The story of Pablo Escobar — the infamous Colombian drug lord who was loathed, feared and loved by the poor– is being told by his victims.
Escobar was responsible for over 5,000 deaths. He was also responsible for building parks, homes and improving some of Colombia’s most poorest neighborhoods, leading many to regard him as a modern-day Robin Hood.
After being on the run for over a year, Colombian authorities gunned him down on a rooftop in Medellin, Colombia at the age of 44 on Dec. 2, 1993.
Telemundo’s much-anticipated 63-episode TV series “Pablo Escobar: The Boss of Evil,” premiered July 9.
The show, which first aired on Colombia’s Caracol on May 28, tells Escobar’s story from his beginnings as a street thug to his rise to become one of the most feared and powerful men in Colombia and Latin America.
In the 1980s, Escobar became the leader of the Medellin Cartel where he gained notoriety as the kingpin who controlled the majority of the cocaine shipments to the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Escobar became a self-made millionaire and was ranked on Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s wealthiest men in 1987.
This Pablo Escobar story is different from any other because it is written and produced by his victims.
According to Latinos Post, Juana Uribe, Caracol’s vice president for programming, wrote and produced the series.
Uribe’s mother, Maruja Pachón, was a reporter kidnapped by Escobar and her uncle Luis Carlos Galán– a presidential candidate whose campaign was centered on the fight against drugs and organized crime– was murdered presumably by one of Escobar’s henchmen.
Camilo Cano, co-producer of the Pablo Escobar series, was 20 years old when one of Escobar’s men killed his father Guillermo Cano, the director of El Espectador newspaper.
Guillermo Cano was targeted by the Escobar’s cartel after writing “anti-Escobar” articles. The cartel strapped his car with explosives, killing him days before Christmas in 1986, reports Latinos Post.
“We wanted to show the victims of this conflict and for the public to understand that there were brave people who stood up to the cartel, that these people also have stories worth telling,” Camilo Cano told The Miami Herald.
“We’ve never been able to tell this story in Colombia, because in the midst of all the pain and trauma we never had a moment to step back and analyze the situation.”