On December 2, 1993, members of the Search Bloc—a special police unit tasked with finding Pablo Escobar—tracked him to a home in Medellin, Colombia. The notorious drug trafficker was killed on the roof of the house as he was trying to escape. Image copyright Sipa Press/Rex, all rights reserved. Image provided here as fair use for educational purposes.


In the end, it was the Colombians who got him in December, 1993.

Using a system to trace Escobar’s cell phone (which he constantly used to talk with his family, especially his son Juan Pablo), Lt. Hugo Martinez, Jr. tracked the world’s most wanted fugitive to a Medellin house. Escobar immediately knew he’d been spotted.

Jumping from his window to an adjacent roof, the escaping kingpin was preceded by his bodyguard who was killed first. Wearing jeans and a dark blue shirt, Escobar was shot next. He died on the rooftop.

Both the Colombians and Americans were jubilant. Immediately after his death, authorities made videos of his palatial estate with its children’s zoo.

Mark Bowden, in his book Killing Pablo, documents what happened as Escobar lived his final year. He reviewed thousands of documents and interviewed both Colombians and Americans to piece together the final, bloody moments.

Sixteen years after his father's death, Pablo's son—Juan Pablo Escobar (who changed his name to Sebastian Marroquin)—agreed to participate in a documentary entitled "Sins of My Father."  Called "Pecados de Mi Padre," in Spanish, the film allows Pablo's son to publicly seek forgiveness from people whose family members were murdered on the orders of his own father.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Apr 01, 2001

Updated Last Revision: Jul 04, 2019

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