Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Griselda Blanco

Colombian cocaine boss Griselda Blanco was a force. The mother of four rose to the top levels of cocaine trafficking, murdered all three of her husbands, killed hundreds of others and amassed staggering wealth. Netflix has a six-episode drama series, starring Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara as the Queenpin. Griselda Blanco earned a reported $1.5 billion at her peak. Her foot soldiers murdered rivals at will. Her killers rode up to targets on motorbikes, shot them, then rode off. It’s a technique now used all over the world. In 1985 she was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison. She was ultimately released in 2004. Blanco was deported to Colombia, where, in 2012, at age 69, she was shot twice in the head. The killers? Two men on a motorcycle.
Griselda Blanco went from a slum in Medellin, Colombia, to ruling a $2b cocaine empire. She grabbed power by being more ruthless than other drug lords in the 1970s. She kept order with a gold-plated submachine gun studded with emeralds, while netting $80m a month. At one point, it is said she and kingpin Pablo Escobar were ordering constant hits on each other. She is linked to over 200 murders, including the fathers of her sons.

Michael Corleone Blanco 42, was a major figure himself in his mother's empire after she was given 25 years in the US for trafficking. He is said to no longer be in the cocaine business. His brothers Osvaldo, Dixon and Uber were all murdered.
Jennifer Lopez was slated to portray Griselda Blanco in a movie about Griselda's brutal reign. Griselda's son, Michael Corleone Blanco said J-Lo was 'disrespectful' for not consulting him. The project was cancelled.