An apple from an apple tree? This is not always the case when it comes to Colombia’s most famous drug lord. Pablo Escobar I, Sebastian Marroquinactually spent most of his life trying to separate himself from his late father’s legacy. His name, profession and location never suggest that he was once the heir to the Medellin cartel.
In recent years, however, Marrokin has talked about his personal experiences as the son of a ruthless cocaine smuggler and terrorist. Learn the story of his unique upbringing as Escobar’s son – and find out what he’s doing with his life today.
Sebastian Marrokin received a unique upbringing
Sebastian Marroquin, birth name Juan Pablo Escobar Henao, was born on February 24, 1977 in Medellin, Colombia. He is the only son of the late Pablo Escobar.
Growing up as the son of Escobar, he was equally generous and dangerous. According to his 2016 memoir Pablo Escobar: My FatherMarroquin grew up on the Napoles family estate, which boasted two helicopter landing sites, ten homes, three zoos with exotic smuggled animals, and even its own gas station. For his birthday, his father invested tens of thousands of dollars in piñatas.
Escobar had no problem setting fire to money – literally. One day when his family was on the run he lit a million bucks to keep his daughter warm.
Escobar’s generosity was not limited to his children. For example, if his nephew was craving a hamburger from a distant restaurant, he hired a helicopter to deliver food. And for the fun of it, he acted out fine arts at other family parties.
But everything changed after the death of his father. Fearing for their lives, Marroquin and his remaining family, including his mother Maria Victoria Henao and younger sister Manuela Escobar, fled Colombia and spent two years on the run.
Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, South Africa and Mozambique have closed their doors to the family. Ultimately, the Escobars settled in Argentina, entering the country on a tourist visa. Since then, they have remained in Buenos Aires. Ultimately, Marroquin earned a degree in architecture from the University of Palermo – a career he continues to practice today.
“Architecture saved my life because it gave me the ability to believe that even when something collapses, new things can emerge from it,” he said. Architect’s newspaper in 2017. “And architecture really helps to be able to think not only about architecture, but also about life.”
He is the hero of a documentary called “The Sins of My Father”.
In 2009, Marrokin risked his life by starring in a documentary. My father’s sins… It was the first time he and his mother announced their father (one of the filming conditions was that his sister was not involved), and both went into detail about their life with the notorious criminal.
Director Nicholas Entel reported that it took six months to get the Marrokin aboard with the project.
“I think he realized that I wasn’t just trying to charm the image of his father,” he said. “But I tried to do something different, telling things from the point of view of his generation. I think this is what helped him take this chance. “
As part of the film, Marroquin also traveled to Colombia to meet with the sons of Escobar’s most notorious murder victims: presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan and Justice Minister Rodrigo Lara Bonilla. It was an opportunity for him and his families to come to terms with their ugly past.
“Colombia is a country where cycles of violence can continue from generation to generation,” Entel said in an interview. Time… “If you do something to me, my family members will look for your family members … So [the film] has value in saying, “This is where everything ends. We’re not going to inherit our parents’ hatred. “
Marrokin said that his father was “much more violent” than he appeared in “Narco”
Don’t rely on a Netflix series Narco (or countless other films, TV shows, and documentaries about Escobar) for the true story of his father. In a 2016 interview. El Pais, Marrokin says: “This is full of mistakes.”
“My dad was much crueler than he appears on the show,” he told the publication. “He terrorized the whole country.”
IN Pablo Escobar: My FatherMarrokin said that his father’s “pranks” included keeping his accomplices at gunpoint. His ego was so fragile (and his temperament so hot-tempered) that he had no problem fueling cartel wars over romantic conflicts.
Marrokin, who refused the opportunity to be an adviser Narco, provided a list of 28 mistakes made by the producers of the series. But aside from trivial questions (like which soccer team Escobar supports), his biggest complaint about the show was that its overall message was irresponsible.
“The show creates a culture where being a drug dealer is cool,” he said angrily. “Young people from all over the world write to me that they want to become drug dealers and ask for help. They write to me as if I were selling tickets to enter this world. “
It is true that Escobar was a genius. One clever way of smuggling drugs into the United States was to soak jeans in liquid cocaine. After the garment was legally exported, buyers washed the denim with a special liquid, extracted the coke, and dried it for sale and consumption.
He was also a master of bribery. Escobar won the hearts of the poor in Colombia by donating generously to build homes, churches, hospitals and schools. In return, he was offered protection by the authorities.
But in the end, Marrokin said, “My father killed 3,000 people. In real history, there is enough violence, explosions and horror. We don’t need creative writers to get it sexually … “
He addresses Pablo Escobar’s legacy by promoting peace
In 2016, Marrokin retained HuffPost Spain that his mission today is to promote peace and correct his father’s wrongdoings. He tried to make peace with people on behalf of Escobar.
In 2015 Daily mail reported that Marroquin traveled to Latin America to negotiate against the violence and advocate for drug policy reform.
“I could have chosen a different path, for example, complete silence or, even worse, become Pablo Escobar 2.0,” he said. “I went with architecture, peace, reconciliation and forgiveness from all those people with whom my father had conflicts. This is what I have devoted my life to in recent years. “
He added: “War is for the cowards, peace is for the brave.”