Just saying the name Pablo Escobar is enough to elicit imagery. Mostly of cocaine, yes – after all the Colombian was the most notorious and successful narcoterrorist in history – but also of that thick, wavy black hair and moustache. Of beautiful cars and mansions and wads of cash. And, finally, of his family.
That family comprised of his wife, Maria Victoria Henao, and two children, son Juan Pablo and daughter Manuela Escobar. By all accounts, they were close. If you image search the drug kingpin, a photo of him cradling his daughter in a pretty white dress is one of the first results.
Of course, Escobar the Doting Dad feels stratospheres away from Escobar the Mass Murderer, the man immortalised by Netflix‘s biographical drama Narcos. At the height of his ‘career’, when he was worth a stab over AU$38 billion, Escobar was orchestrating daily smuggles of 15 tonnes of cocaine into the United States. According to John Jairo Velasquez, Escobar’s top hit man during the 1980s, approximately 3000 people died upon the criminal’s orders.