By David Fisher, Roberto Escobar
"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 criminal has made me blind, but now I see the area extra truly than i've got ever visible it earlier than. i've got lived a massive experience. I watched as my brother, Pablo Escobar, turned the main winning felony in background, but additionally a hero to the various humans of Colombia. My brother was once enjoyed and he used to be feared. thousands of individuals marched in his funeral procession, and definitely as many of us 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 peak of his reign, Pablo's multibillion-dollar operation smuggled a whole bunch cocaine each one week into nations world wide. Roberto and his ten accountants stored music of all of the cash. merely Pablo and Roberto knew the place it was once stashed-and what it acquired.
And the quantities of cash have been easily stunning. based on Roberto, it expense $2,500 each month simply to buy the rubber bands had to wrap the stacks of money. the largest challenge was once discovering a spot to shop it: from mystery booths in partitions and underneath pools to banks and warehouses in all places. there has been rather a lot funds that Roberto may occasionally write off ten percentage as "spoilage," that means both rats had chewed up the money owed or dampness had ruined the money.
Roberto writes concerning the extraordinary violence of the cartel, yet he additionally writes of the humanitarian aspect of his brother. Pablo outfitted whole cities, gave away millions of homes, paid people's clinical costs, and equipped faculties and hospitals. but he was once liable for the terrible deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.
in brief, this is often the tale of a global of riches nearly past mortal mind's eye, and in his personal phrases, Roberto Escobar tells all: development an impressive zoo at Pablo's opulent domestic, the brothers' many escapes into the jungles of Colombia, devising inventive the way to smuggle hundreds cocaine into the USA, bribing officers with actually hundreds of thousands of dollars-and construction a private military to guard the Escobar kinfolk opposed to an array of enemies sworn to kill them.
Few males in background were extra beloved-or despised-than Pablo Escobar. Now, for the 1st time, his tale is advised by means of the fellow who knew him top: his brother, Roberto.