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Pablo Escobar poses for a family photo outside of the White House, 1981


In this infamous photo, we see infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar standing in front of the White House in Washington DC. The boy standing beside Escobar is his only son. He also took his family on a first class trip to Disneyland around the same time.

That's the North Portico of the White House, and that means Escobar and his son are standing on the sidewalk next to Pennsylvania Avenue, which was open to vehicular traffic at the time. Any pedestrian could walk down the street and pose for a similar picture - and in fact, you can still do so today, although the fence is overgrown.

The photo, taken by Escobar's wife, Maria Victoria, appeared in the 2010 HBO documentary "Sins of My Father," which tells the story of the drug kingpin's life through the eyes of his only son, Juan Pablo Escobar, who has since has changed his life. The name of Sebastian Marroquin.

At the time this photo was taken, Pablo Escobar was trying to make himself a "legitimate" politician in Colombia. He was first on the city council in Medellin and then became a substitute congressman.

He had a diplomatic passport and probably went to the US on it, although this is not verified. Or he simply used fake passports which he could have easily obtained through his political contacts.


In the 1982 parliamentary election, Escobar was elected as an alternate member of the Chamber of Representatives as part of the Liberal Alternative Movement. Through this, he was responsible for community projects, such as the construction of houses and football fields, which gained him popularity among locals in the cities he frequented.

Although Escobar was maligned by the Colombian and American governments, who regularly suppressed his political ambitions and pushed for his arrest, Escobar had widely planned the bombings of the DAS Building and Avianca Flight 203 in retaliation. .

At the height of his power, Escobar brought in an estimated $420 million in revenue per week, supplied 80% of the world's cocaine, and smuggled 15 tons of cocaine into the US per day.

Escobar's legacy remains controversial; While many condemned the heinous nature of his crimes, he was seen by many in Colombia as a "Robin Hood-like" person, as he provided many facilities to the poor, while mourning his murder. and more than 25,000 people attended his funeral.

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