Sebastián Marroquín, son of deceased Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar Gaviria, speaks during a Reuters TV interview in Bogota November 10, 2014 . Juan Pablo Escobar, who changed his name to Sebastián Marroquín, spoke about his recently published book named about his relationship with his father.
Pablo Escobar’s son Juan Pablo Escobar Henao was only 9 years old when he reportedly got his first lesson in drugs from his drug lord father. “My father’s not a person to be imitated. He showed us the path we must never take as a society because it’s the path to self-destruction, the loss of values and a place where life ceases to have importance,” the now deceased Escobar’s son revealed during an interview for the launch of his book “Pablo Escobar: Mi Padre.”
As the head of the ruthless Medellin Cartel, Pablo Escobar amassed a multi-billion-dollar fortune mainly via his cocaine trafficking business, which reached its peak of popularity in the 1980s. Using his fortune and influence, Escobar then launched a bloody and deadly war against Colombian government in order to avoid extradition to the United States. Through all of this, Escobar reportedly had time to forge a close bond with his son, and revealed to him, that through his life he had tried every drug there was except heroin, and urged his young son never to use them, or to follow in his footsteps in regards to his large empire of trafficking.
Despite the seemingly endless number of adaptations of Escobar’s famed life, at 37-years-old, Escobar Henao is finally telling his personal tales of his father, who most of the world knew as a cruel tyrant. Escobar Henao describes his late father tenderly, revealing, “I had the strange privilege of being Pablo Escobar’s son. To me he was a great father. I have thousands of letters he wrote me giving me advice… encouraging me to get an education, be a good person, stay away from drugs.” However, the stories seem to crack under the weight of questions, while Escobar was most certainly protective of his son, his trademark violence and lack of empathy are also found in these personal father-son moments. Despite serving as the heads of the largest drug cartel of its time, Escobar Henao stated that his father, “even threatened to kill his employees if they so much as smoked a joint in front of me.”