By Mark Bowden
A travel de strength of investigative journalism-this is the tale of the violent upward thrust and fall of Pablo Escobar, the pinnacle of the Colombian Medellin cocaine cartel. Escobar's legal empire held a kingdom of thirty million hostage in a reign of terror that may in basic terms finish along with his loss of life. In an excessive, up-close account, award-winning journalist Mark Bowden exposes info by no means earlier than published concerning the U.S.-led covert sixteen-month manhunt. With exceptional entry to big players-including Colombian president César Gaviria and the incorruptible head of the precise police unit that pursued Escobar, Colonel Hugo Martinez-as good as top-secret records and transcripts of Escobar's intercepted cell conversations, Bowden has produced a gripping narrative that could be a stark portrayal of tough justice within the actual international.
"The tale of the way the U.S. military Intelligence and Delta strength commandos helped Colombian police music down and kill Pablo Escobar is a compelling, virtually Shakespearean tale." (Los Angeles Times)
"Absolutely riveting. . . . Mark Bowden has a fashion of constructing smooth nonfiction learn just like the better of novels." (The Denver Post)
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Extra resources for Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
For Colombians, the menace of Pablo Escobar and the other narco killers was constant. Between January and May of 1991 alone, Pablo's sicarios killed four hundred police in Medellin. He killed journalists, judges, politicians. Power was no protection; it just made you a more likely target. Now Gaviria was sure of one thing: This escape was Escobar's last. There would be no more investigations, negotiations, trials or imprisonments. He did not expect Escobar to be taken alive again. The president paced the room furiously as he spoke.
The last thing Gaviria needed was for Escobar to be running loose again, setting off his truck and car bombs and unleashing his sicarios, or hired assassins. Ever the pragmatist, the president put aside whatever anger he felt toward the murderous drug boss and struck the deal that had sent Escobar to prison. That Escobar had been able to simply vanish from it now confirmed all of the worst international assumptions about the country. It made Colombia look like a narcocracy. The scene at La Catedral remained chaotic.
The Pepes were a desperate option after Pablo Escobar had generated so much violence in Medellin," Naranjo said. "Old partners of Escobar's got together to offer their services to the government. For the high-ranking officers of the police and government, their relationship with the Search Bloc was kept deliberately unclear, but people celebrated the actions of Los Pepes at all levels of the government. S. " Toft's Aug. 3, 1993, cable said: "At this point, according to de Greiff, police officials were probably already too deeply involved with Los Pepes to withdraw.