The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden
The Book &
the Video Documentary
Mark Bowden can tell
an exciting story about as well as any writer at work today. Killing Pablo is
further proof. It describes the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, a notorious
Colombian drug lord who became one of the narcotic trade's first billionaires.
Pablo--Bowden refers to him by his first name throughout the book--started out
as a petty thief and wound up running a massive smuggling empire. At his height
in the 1980s, he owned fleets of boats and planes, plus 19 separate residences
in Medellin, each with its own helipad. Violence marked everything he did: "He
wasn't an entrepreneur, and he wasn't even an especially talented businessman.
He was just ruthless." He bought off police, politicians, and judges throughout
his country, and killed many others who wouldn't cooperate. The Colombian government
tried to capture him, but without much luck; he evaded them time after time.
"Now and then the police achieved enough surprise to catch him, literally, with
his pants down. In , about one thousand national police raided one of
his mansions," writes Bowden. "Pablo fled in his underwear, avoiding the police
cordon on foot." He got away, again, but his days were numbered. He was making
powerful enemies in both Colombia and the United States. The final straw probably
came when Pablo's men murdered a popular politician and, three months later,
planted a bomb on a plane, killing 110 people, including two Americans.
deadly pursuit of Manuel Noriega and Pablo Escobar -- Centra
Spike arrived in Bogot�, Colombia, with the mission to offer training and intelligence-gathering
technology to the Colombian police in their battle against the Medell�n cocaine
cartel. Centra Spike's "primary specialty," writes Mark Bowden in his new book
"Killing Pablo," "was finding people."
Experience the hunt
for Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar with "Killing Pablo", an original production
from The Philadelphia Inquirer and CNN, and companion to the Mark Bowden book.
Go where it all happened, as secret American military forces, the CIA, DEA,
and Colombian National Police commandos tracked Pablo through the streets and
countryside of Colombia. See the essential role that members of a shadowy vigilante
group played in the hunt. What did America know about them? Includes bonus DEA
and CIA footage of Pablo's lavishly appointed estates and mountaintop "prison".
About the Actor From Knight Ridder Video, producers of "Black Hawk Down: The
Official Documentary", companion to the Mark Bowden book of the same name.