The True Life of Pablo Escobar: Blood, Betrayal and Death is the testimony of John Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, alias “Popeye,” who was main lieutenant, private secretary, and friend to Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria. Popeye writes as a witness and participant to the horror created by the Medellín Cartel, a mafia organization that covered Colombia in blood for many years.
Popeye works from memory and harrowing personal experiences to reveal never before published information on the infamous cartel. This is his contribution to society, to not only help us better understand the true character of the gangster who brought a whole nation to its knees, but also to shed light on a dark page in Colombia’s recent history, one written in blood, betrayal, and death.
The statements in The True Life of Pablo Escobar led to the arrest of Alberto Santofimio Botero, who was, according to Popeye, the mastermind behind the assassination of Dr. Luís Carlos Galán Sarmiento. All of the statements made here have been confirmed by third parties, including one of Pablo Escobar’s lovers, the former TV anchorwoman Virginia Vallejo, making Popeye’s version the most complete and definitive testimony on the life of the Capo, not only for his years with the kingpin, but also for his direct participation in the events and as a man who had Pablo Escobar Gaviria’s complete trust.