Situation Critical: Killing Pablo

“Pablo Escobar at this time was the biggest, the most powerful, the most violent drug trafficker we have ever seen.”

Escobar was born to a middle class farmer and an elementary school teacher, Hemilda Gaviria.[1] Although a self proclaimed “man of the people”, Escobar was actually from a middle class family, and his mother taught at the school he attended. He was never very poor, but his publicists and lawyers had the press believe that he came from a far worse background than he actually did.[2] Escobar studied political science at the Universidad de Antioquia, but he was forced to drop out when he couldn’t afford to pay the necessary fees. This was when he began his criminal career allegedly stealing gravestones and sanding them down for resale. His brother refutes this claiming that the gravestones came from cemetery owners whose clients had stopped paying for site care and that they had a relative who had a legitimate monuments business.[3]

Pablo was very well educated, but his vocation lay in crime, and his first step on the ladder was to work for the multi-millionaire contraband smuggler Alvaro Prieto. Through his dedication and guile, Pablo became a millionaire by the time he was 22. [4] (Excerpt from website)

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