Sebastian Marroquin, the son of the late infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, isn’t a big fan of Narcos. He thinks the creators behind the series based on his father’s life did a poor job at getting their facts straight. In fact, Marroquin — born Juan Pablo Escobar — thinks the show is “insulting the history of a whole nation.”
In a lengthy Facebook post, the author and architect laid out a list of points where the series was, in his point of view, completely inaccurate.
In the show, with the DEA hot on Pablo’s tail and Los Pepes’ hits on the Medellin crew, Escobar’s wife (Paulina Gaitan) gets a gun to protect herself. But Marroquin insists his mother never purchased a weapon or fired a gun, and that any suggestion she did is an outright lie.
In the series, Escobar (Wagner Moura) was pretty amused watching Tata hold a gun. But in reality, Tata didn’t really need a gun of her own when she had dozens of Escobar’s fully armed henchmen looking out for her.
Los Pepes were an actual vigilante group that was composed of Pablo Escobar’s enemies. The name is derived from the phrase “Perseguidos por Pablo Escobar,” or “those persecuted by Pablo Escobar.” Its main financiers were the rival Cali Cartel and the Castano brothers. While the group did exist, Marroquin says that the CIA never supported the vigilante group’s creation.
Well, the CIA is pretty good at keeping their involvement in sketchy things secret, so, who really knows?
4. Escobar Didn’t Kill Colonel Horacio Carrillo In Real Life
In Narcos,Colonel Horacio Carrillo (Maurice Compte) was trapped in an ambush and Pablo Escobar personally shot him dead. But this is all creative license. Carrillo didn’t exist in real life. His character was based off of Colonel Hugo Martinez, the head of the Search Bloc police force tasked with bringing down Escobar. Martinez is still alive and well today.
But Escobar’s son did say that his father was responsible for the death of over 500 policemen. He added that he didn’t condone his father’s violence.
5. Pablo’s Right Hand Man Was Actually In Jail During Much Of ‘Narcos’ Timeline
Dandeny Muñoz Mosquera or La Quica was Escobar’s number one executioner and had a huge role in the show. But if we went by actual events, La Quica (Diego Catano) shouldn’t have been in the second season. The second season follows Escobar’s escape from La Catedral – the luxury prison where Escobar was doing his time. Marroquin said that La Quica was in prison in New York for forging documents during the breakout.
The real La Quica is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences at the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum, or the ADX, a super-maximum security prison in Colorado. He’s there for several crimes, most notably the bombing of Flight 203 which killed over 100 people. Marroquin insists that La Quica was falsely accused.
6. Pablo Escobar’s Mom Wasn’t About To Go Down For Her Son
In Narcos, Hermilda Gaviria (Paulina Garcia) was portrayed as a woman who would do anything for her son. In the show she even accused Tata, Escobar’s wife, of betraying Pablo by wanting him to turn himself in. In reality, it was Escobar’s mother who betrayed him, says Marroquin. She and Pablo’s older brother Roberto struck a deal with Los Pepes.
Escobar’s brother-in-law, Carlos Henao, made a two-episode appearance on the show. Henao seemed to be involved in Escobar’s drug business and was later shot dead in a police raid. Marroquin said that this couldn’t be further from the truth. He said that his uncle was a “great man, a worker, honest, noble and a good family man.”
In Narcos, Pablo Escobar’s escape from his personal La Catedral prison was a complete blood bath, complete with firefights and explosions. Apparently, it wasn’t all that exciting. Just one of the guards was killed, and Escobar literally escaped out the back after he ordered his men to loosen up some bricks.
Guess it’s all smoke bombs and mirrors.
9. 'Narcos' Couldn't Even Get Escobar's Favortie Soccer Team Right
In the show, Escobar is a fan of Atletico Nacional. But Marroquin says that is complete bull. His favorite team was Deportivo Independiente Medellin. Marroquin says that if producers can’t even get his dad’s favorite sports team, right how can they be so sure the rest of the story is true? He’s got a point there. Do your homework, guys!
Narcos also falsely accused Escobar for putting a hit on Atletico Nacional player Andres Escobar (not related) for scoring a goal against his own team. This is impossible because Andres was murdered in 1994, Escobar died in 1993.
You come to me, on this, the day of my daughter’s wedding … and you blow up the place?
Nope, that didn’t happen. Escobar’s son said that his father never attacked the daughter of Cali Cartel head Gilberto Rodriguez on her wedding day. In fact, he had been true to an agreement that neither were allowed to go after the other’s family.
11. Escobar Wasn’t Mansion Hopping After His Prison Break
In the show, after Escobar broke out of La Catedral he just moved from one beautiful mansion to the next as he was hiding out from police. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Think more Saddam Hussein hiding in a hole in the ground. Well, maybe it wasn’t that bad. Marroquin said that he and his family were living in hovels, not in the laps of luxury.
12. No Beautiful Journalists Were Harmed In The Making of Escobar's Life
In the show, Valeria Velez (Stephanie Sigman) was a Colombian journalist who had a love affair with Escobar. She was brutally murdered along with her film crew outside the Tequendama Hotel, where Escobar’s wife and children were living under state protection. While Marroquin didn’t comment on Escobar’s relationship with Virginia Vallejo, the woman Velez was based on, he says that the murder of the journalists never happened. Vallejo is still alive and well today.
Although Marroquin called out Narcos for its falsehoods, he still acknowledges that his dad committed horrific crimes. He did defend his father in some ways, saying he was always good to his parents, and that even though he killed policemen, he still gave them money.
The only thing he didn’t mention about the show was his own portrayal as the chubby awkward Juan Pablo Escobar. Perhaps he didn’t find it too flattering.