Video: 10 REAL LIFE People Of “Narcos”: Pablo Escobar’s Inner Circle

Real People Narcos: Information on 10 family members & enemies of Pablo Escobar. Details on wife, mom, children,Cali Cartel, El Limon, Judy Moncada & more

December 20th, 2016

Real People Narcos

Just finished binge-watching the electrifying “Narcos” season 2? We did too! We know the fate of Pablo Escobar, but how about the 10 people who played a central role in season 2? Well, here’s more about the real life friends, family, and enemies of Pablo Escobar.

1.“TATA” (Wife of Pablo Escobar)
Season 2 of the hit show “Narcos” further explores the relationship between drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his wife “Tata.” In real life, her name wasn’t “Tata,” in fact, Escobar’s wife’s name was Maria Victoria Henao. Once Escobar was killed in 1993, Henao was forced to flee Colombia with her children to escape certain death from rival drug traffickers. According to reports from the BBC, Henao and her children were granted asylum in Argentina.

2. Juan Pablo Escobar (Son) and Manuela Escobar (Daughter)
Pablo’s children moved to Argentina with their mother seeking refuge. According to the Washington Post, Juan Pablo eventually changed his name to Sebastian Marroquin and his sister Manuela also is living under an alias. Both of Escobar’s children were both reported living still living in Buenos Aires as of 2009. Juan Pablo published a book called “My Father: Pablo Escobar” sharing intimate details of his father’s life. The son of the leader of the Medellín cartel, is an architect, lecturer, drug policy reform advocate, and writer. Juan Pablo was also the subject of the award-winning documentary “Sins of My Father.”

3. Hermilda Gaviria de Escobar (Pablo’s Mother)
Escobar’s devoted mother died 13 years after the death of her son in a rooftop shoot-out. Hermilda Escobar was 89-years-old and died in the city of Medellin. The mother of seven children, Hermilda defended her son Pablo to the very end. “I didn’t believe he was a criminal and I’ve never thought so. I will never be ashamed of being Pablo’s mother,” she said defiantly in the documentary “The Private Archives of Pablo Escobar.” When Pablo was killed by police, the devoted son had a not-yet-delivered handwritten letter to his mother in his pocket.

4. “Valeria Velez” (TV Reporter, Escobar Mistress Virginia Vallejo)
In “Narcos,” Escobar, much to his wife’s frustration, had an on-going romance with sexy seductress and top TV reporter “Valeria Velez.” In real life, her name wasn’t Valeria Velez. “Narcos” based that character on real life journalist Virginia Vallejo. Vallejo, now 67 years old, fled to America and was granted her asylum in 2010 after thousands of threats on her life. Vallejo cooperated with Colombian and US authorities on multiple Escobar and Cali Cartel cases.

5. Steve Murphy (American DEA Agent)
The American DEA agent who helped track down Escobar and photographed over his dead body is still alive. Steve Murphy is a consultant on the TV show “Narcos” and credits the Colombian police with helping to take down the cartel. (Murphy also credits fellow agent Javier Pena for his work too.) Murphy currently lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Murphy says Escobar was “greedy” and only focused on himself, despite season 2 portraying Escobar as a family man.

6. Javier Pena (DEA Agent)
Pena, despite his dealings with rival cartels in fact remained with the DEA. Pena, now retired, like Murphy, consults with producers on “Narcos.” Of Escobar, Pena says, “The guy was probably one of the worst. He invented narco-terrorism. I hope he’s not portrayed as a good guy.”

7. El Limon (The Lemon, Driver/Bodyguard)
The endearing, wide-eyed Taxi driver/pimp turned crafty Escobar strong-man was in fact at the side of Escobar until the very end. His real name was not “Jhon”—it was Alvaro de Jesus Agudelo. The Limon did fire at police in efforts to help his boss escape after the police led ambush of their final hideout, but was killed along with Escobar in 1993.

8. “Judy Moncada” (Drug Lord And Escobar Nemesis)
“Judy” plays a central role in season 2 of “Narcos.” The tough-as-nails Colombian drug queen is, in fact, a fictional character, a composite character of the real Moncada family. Cristina Umana, the Colombian actress who portrayed “Judy” confirms she’s not a real person. “No, Judy is a fictional character. She represents a very important part of the story,” Says Umana to Latina magazine. “She represents and symbolizes that part of the Moncada family. They played a very big role in the fall of Pablo. That’s a part of the story that will be told in the second season.”

9. The Cali Cartel: Gilberto José Rodríguez Orejuela and Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela
The Cali Cartel plays a central focus in season 2, as the Orejuela brothers maneuver their way to the top of the Colombian drug trafficking food chain. Gilberto and Miguel are currently alive and serving time in US federal prisons. Both brothers, who opted to use mostly bribery and strategy in lieu of Escobar’s viscous killing style, are each serving 30 years behind bars. Gilberto in Tennessee and Miguel is behind bars in South Carolina. They were extradited to the US is 2004 and 205 respectively.

10.La Quica (The Hit-Man)
La Quica is in fact a real figure in Escobar’s world. Known as his main hit-man, allegedly responsible for the death of hundreds, La Quica legal name Dandeny Muñoz Mosquera is alive and serving time in US prison. La Quica, named for his feminine resemblance of an aunt, was arrested in Queens, NY in 1991 for having a fake passport. After multiple various charges and two US trials, La Quica was sentenced to 10 life sentences plus 45 years in federal prison. He remains behind bars.

Netflix has already greenlit season 3 and 4 of the hit series.

Cred: Real People Narcos/Colombian National Police/Netflix

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  1. Joseph Foster

    Netflix true crime series Narcos spurs huge demand for Colombian women.

    Produced by Netflix, the show “Narcos” takes on the infamous Medellin drug cartel which follows the rise and fall of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Drug Enforcement Agency agents hunting him. The story is told largely from the points of view of Escobar (Brazilian actor Wagner Moura) and U.S. DEA Agent Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook), on opposite sides of what would become an all-out war.

    Many critics of true crime dramas have always complained they are promoting crime and violence by glorification, an unintended consequence of American entertainment industries. These shows can have other interesting consequences.  The Foreign Bride industry has seen a huge spike in demand for Colombian women. This can be viewed as positive or negative, depending on social perspective.

    Foreign Brides, sometimes referred to as “mail order brides”, a term the industry completely rejects, have become a billion dollar a year business.  According to industry leaders, Colombia represented only about 3% of the market three years ago.  Since the popularity of Narcos, many companies have seen near tenfold increases in men seeking Colombian wives.

    A Foreign Affair (AFA), a company that helps men find women through international tours, says tours to Colombia are now selling out. AFA arranges group tours where 10 to 20 men travel together to Medellin, Cartagena or Barranquilla. During the tour, they attend arranged Social events where the men meet hundreds of beautiful Colombian women looking for marriage. Women can also place their profiles on the AFA web site, in the hopes of finding a husband.

    Kenneth Agee, the marketing director for AFA says, “Because of the show we are doubling our tours to Medellin for next year. Narcos has brought a lot of attention to the intense beauty of Colombian women.  Although the show is often very violent, the women of Colombia come across as very family oriented and loyal. These values seem harder and harder to find in this world. I would have to agree, because of the interest in Narcos, we even added an excursion to where Pablo’s self-built prison was located, in the hills overlooking Medellin.

    The crowning of 2015 Miss Universe Paulina Vega put Barranquilla, Colombia on the map. Barranquilla now has recognition for being home to some of the most beautiful and talented women in the world. Not only is Miss Universe from here, Grammy Award winning pop singer Shakira, and actress Sofia Vergara also call Barranquilla home.  Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. She’s been nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards, 4 Prime time Emmy Awards, and 7 Screen Actors Guild Awards, all stemming from this role. In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd Most Powerful Woman in the world by Forbes.

    David from Mesa AZ says he met more qualified women in one week than he has during the last 10 years. In 2010, Lisa Ling and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) filmed a one hour show on the AFA tour called “Online Brides – Our America with Lisa Ling.”  Even Lisa Ling was surprised by the beauty and sincerity of the women from Barranquilla.

    Janet Davis, head of a women’s rights group says “AFA is just taking advantage of women from these third world countries. This is no different than Pablo trafficking in narcotics, but these companies traffic women.” Proponents refer to a Report (INTERNATIONAL MATCHMAKING ORGANIZATIONS: A REPORT TO CONGRESS) that these marriages have much lower divorce rates and abuse rates compared to traditional domestic marriages. This data makes international dating similar to a woman in the US joining eHarmony to look for a husband.

    23-year-old Viviana, from Cartagena, says “I come to these events because I know the men attending are serious about marriage, they are faithful and are good to family. For Colombian women, it is the most important thing, good husband and good family.

    Kenneth says, “It has not been all rosy. Narcos has brought us some problems. In Cartagena, we have several Penthouses we rent out.  One was originally owned by “Don Diego” head of the Norte Del Velle Drug Cartel, the other by Pablo’s people. Over the past year, the properties have been tracked down by individuals thinking they will find large qualities of cash hidden, thus we sometimes find holes all over the walls after a tenant leaves.

    For Narcos fans, those who love the gangster genre, or just those who just like seeing beautiful Latin women, there’s good news; Netflix’s has confirmed Season 3 and 4.

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