By David Fisher
"I have many scars. a few of them are actual, yet many extra are scars on my soul. A bomb despatched to kill me whereas i used to be in a greatest safety legal has made me blind, but now I see the realm extra sincerely than i've got ever visible it prior to. i've got lived a tremendous experience. I watched as my brother, Pablo Escobar, grew to become the main profitable felony in background, but additionally a hero to some of the humans of Colombia. My brother was once enjoyed and he was once feared. millions of individuals marched in his funeral procession, and definitely as many folks celebrated his death."
those are the phrases of Roberto Escobar-the most sensible accountant for the infamous and lethal Medellín Cartel, and brother of Pablo Escobar, the main recognized drug lord in background. on the top of his reign, Pablo's multibillion-dollar operation smuggled a whole bunch cocaine every one week into international locations around the world. Roberto and his ten accountants stored tune of the entire funds. purely Pablo and Roberto knew the place it used to be stashed-and what it acquired.
And the quantities of cash have been easily spectacular. based on Roberto, it expense $2,500 each month simply to buy the rubber bands had to wrap the stacks of money. the most important challenge used to be discovering a spot to shop it: from mystery cubicles in partitions and underneath pools to banks and warehouses in every single place. there has been rather a lot funds that Roberto might occasionally write off ten percentage as "spoilage," that means both rats had chewed up the accounts or dampness had ruined the money.
Roberto writes concerning the terrific violence of the cartel, yet he additionally writes of the humanitarian aspect of his brother. Pablo outfitted complete cities, gave away millions of homes, paid people's clinical charges, and outfitted colleges and hospitals. but he was once accountable for the terrible deaths of millions of individuals.
briefly, this can be the tale of a global of riches nearly past mortal mind's eye, and in his personal phrases, Roberto Escobar tells all: construction an impressive zoo at Pablo's opulent domestic, the brothers' many escapes into the jungles of Colombia, devising inventive how you can smuggle a whole lot cocaine into the USA, bribing officers with actually thousands of dollars-and construction a private military to guard the Escobar kin opposed to an array of enemies sworn to kill them.
Few males in heritage were extra beloved-or despised-than Pablo Escobar. Now, for the 1st time, his tale is advised via the guy who knew him most sensible: his brother, Roberto.