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It is full of errors. Thats verdict of Juan Pablo Escobar when asked about the hit Netflix show Narcos, which recounts the story of his father, notorious 1980s Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar. But instead of complaining about the series ' brutal portrayal of his father, who was gunned down by police in 1993, ending his career as the main trafficker of cocaine into the United States, he believed reality was far grimmer. My father was much crueler than he appears in the show. He terrorizes the entire country, says Escobars ' oldest son, who now goes by the name of Sebastian Marroquin. You have to be responsible when telling this story. There are thousands of victims who deserve respect. The show creates a culture where being a drug trafficker is cool. Young people all around the world write to me saying they want to be drug dealers and asking for help. They write to me as if I was selling tickets for entry into this world, says angry Marroquin. But what most annoys the 39-year-old about the Netflix version of his father's Life is that it claims to be realistic. It doesnt show moments of loneliness, fear, anxiety and terror. The violence was far worse than the show suggest. I am not proud at all, but we have to be serious, say Marroquin, who was offer, but was turned down by Netflix, to act as an advisor on the show-a role that would have allowed him to provide his first-hand insight into what was a virtual civil war in Colombia, after Escobar launched offensive against rival Cali drug cartel in late 1980s in bid to control hugely lucrative cocaine trade. Escobars son provides concrete examples of how he thinks the show got it wrong. We didnt live in luxury when we were on the run. I wish we had had houses with swimming pools you see in the series. And we are surrounded by gangsters too We were very much alone, because everyone betrayed or gave themselves up. Or they were kill. The son of a man who at one stage controlled 80 % of cocaine going into the United States also describes life constantly on the move. Sometimes we would buy a house and then we would have to move same night, and money would go down the drain. We always travel with blindfolds on. That way, my father always say, if we were captured and tortured we couldnt give him up, Marroquin explains. He didnt use telephones either. My father said it was certain death because he had always found people he wanted to kill by tracking their phone calls, add Marroquin, who has written one book about his father and is now working on a second, which focuses on the final few months of drug traffickers ' Life when he was no longer With his family.

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Medellin Cartel was an empire of stunning sweep and unimaginable violence. At its height, it earns as much as 4 billion a yearmost, of it cashfor its members and controls 80 percent of cocaine supply in the United States, leaving tens of thousands of corpses in its wake. Pablo Escobar and his partners call their business Cartel, but instead of controlling price and supply, it behaves far more like a criminal syndicate that pumps endless supply of cocaine into the market and lets the market set the price. It was not only a lethal purveyor of stimulants and mayhem, it was also a brilliant business, no different in many ways from a Fortune 500 corporation, but built to operate wholly outside the law. What Medellin Cartel does is exactly what any global pharmaceutical firm has to do, says Philip Heymann, Harvard Law School professor who fought drug cartels as deputy US Attorney General in the mid-1990s. You start with ordinary manufacturing and sales business, and then you overlay it with three other things to make up for the fact that you are working outside the legal system. That first element was fierce, almost irrational, loyalty to syndicate leaders, especially Escobar. Loyalty, often laced with violence, replaces courts that legal corporations would use to enforce contracts. Escobar was a master at wielding loyalty to get what he want. Escobar was CEO, very charismatic, very powerful, very demanding, said former US Drug Enforcement Agency officer Javier Pena. He tracked Escobar from 1988 until the traffickers died in 1993. He was considered Robin Hood in Colombia. Escobar rallied support among Colombia's poorest citizens by stepping in where the government could or wouldnt. He built an apartment complex in the Neighborhood of Medellin that still bear his name, where even today people praise him for what he does for their families and community. There were tugurios, what we call houses of cardboard and wood, remembers Ivan Hernandez, community leader in Barrio Pablo Escobar. Escobar paid to build hundreds of homes in impoverished areas that had previously been vast garbage dump. While he was alive, everyone respected him, everybody managed themselves well in neighborhoods and comunas. If loyalty does work, then the syndicate turn to brutal violence. Finally, Medellin organization uses vast amounts of money to bribe Law Enforcement and government officials. Bribes were the criminal equivalent of legitimate businesses hiring lobbyists and paying regulatory fines. Although it means handing over a very sizeable share of their income in bribes, Heymann say, it was simply a line item on cartels ' profit and loss statement. Of course, bribes come with not-so-subtle threat of violence. The Escobars challenge, oft repeat, was simple: Plata o plomo. Loyalty, violence, bribery: For two decades, that lethal mix gave the Medellin syndicate stranglehold on nearly every aspect of the global cocaine trade, from coca farms in Colombia to street dealers in Chicago.

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Unforgettable wedding night

Medellin has been dubbed the City of Eternal Spring thanks to its comfortable temperature and splashes of rain throughout the year. It is smaller than the capital Bogota but the most modern and cosmopolitan that Colombia has to offer. Its expansive city nestled in the Antiochian mountains, with two airports and a large bus terminal, Colombia's most popular city for tourists, is worth visit. Medellin was once one of the most dangerous cities in the world, and although it is far from perfect, it has come impressively long way. A lot of investment has gone into the city, New developments are everywhere, great parks, shopping centers, and endless cafes and restaurants. The most comprehensive public transport system in the country is in Medellin, metro, It really set its self apart from the rest of the country. I even felt like I was going into future arriving in Medellin, after being in some of Colombia's more humble locations. Paisas are very proud of their city and its development in spite of their unforgettable link to Pablo Escobar, one of the world's most notorious drug lords. Unfortunately, in recent years, and owing mainly to the popular Netflix series Narcos, drug tourism is rife in Medellin. Pablo Escobar has been turned into a pop culture idol, much to the shame of many locals. Be sure to read up about history or check out one of the museums before buying into the Pablo Escobar experience. After all, he was a mass murderer. We must remember that cocaine is an exported drug, consumed mainly in states and in Europe, not in Colombia. Cocaine has caused huge problems in this country and thousands of deaths, so understandably, it can be a touchy subject with locals. There is so much that Medellin has to offer. It is hard to choose only ten things, on the outskirts of Medellin there are various villages that you should also visit. Dont miss out on Guatape or Jardin if you have time to explore further afield. But here are 10 things that you absolutely must not miss on your trip to Medellin:

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Went into labour at school

Victoria settles into a life of domesticity, continuing her studies at school in between cooking, cleaning and doing laundry in couples modest Medellin apartment. She noticed signs that she was going into labour one morning but struggled at school because she had an English test and didnt want to get a bad mark. After the test, she felt her waters break and walked two blocks to her parents ' home, making it to the hospital just half hour before their son Juan Pablo was deliver. The couple would go on to have a daughter, Manuela, seven years later.

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Hookers on holiday

On one occasion, Pablo flies the whole family-including his mother, cousins and siblings-to Rio de Janeiro for a break. But at night, women were leave to mind children while men partied with strippers and prostitutes in Brazilian cities numerous bars. While many Pablos women were one-night stand, some last longer and often overlap. Journalist and broadcaster Virginia Vallejo had a romantic relationship with Pablo in the early eighties, but she was not alone. At the same time, he was having affairs with three Colombian beauty queens, volleyball player from Caldas and Wendy Chavarriaga Gil.

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