The True Story of Killing Pablo

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Created: 2003


The True Story of Killing Pablo
Summary: "THE TRUE STORY OF KILLING PABLO, which explores the criminal life of Pablo Escobar that culminated in the largest manhunt in history and the controversial killing of Escobar on a rooftop in Medellin, Colombia. He was an unscrupulous billionaire criminal who lived like a king and destroyed anyone or anything that got in his way. In the process, Escobar terrorized the Colombian government and made an enemy of the most powerful nation on earth. For years the Colombians and Americans tried to put an end to Escobar's empire. On December 2, 1993 they finally succeeded.

"The documentary is based upon the book Killing Pablo; The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden, the best-selling author of Blackhawk Down. Bowden anchors the program and guides us through the pivotal moments of Pablo Escobar's life and death, sharing startling revelations he came upon during the research for his book. In addition, THE TRUE STORY OF KILLING PABLO features interviews with some of the key officials of the Colombian and U.S. governments, as well as prominent figures from the police taskforce and vigilante militia that hunted Escobar down. Among those interviewed are Cesar Gaviria, former President of Columbia (1990-1994); Morris Busby, former U.S. Ambassador to Colombia; Francisco Santos, Vice President of Colombia; Colonel Hugo Martinez, Colombian Police General, retired; Javier Pena, agent, US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Joe Toft, US DEA, retired; Stephen Murphy, agent DEA, and the recently indicted Carlos Castano, leader of the right-wing AUC paramilitary army and regarded as the most feared man in Colombia today.

"THE TRUE STORY OF KILLING PABLO looks at much of the controversy surrounding the United States' involvement in the manhunt for Pablo Escobar. A great deal of evidence indicates that the Colombian police were closely tied to the vigilante group Los Pepes. However, additional evidence suggests that U.S. intelligence provided information to the vigilantes and that members of Delta Force may have even been moonlighting as soldiers for the vigilantes. The mystery surrounding the death of Pablo Escobar is also explored, including the possibility that he was not shot by Colombian police, but was rather executed by a Delta Force sniper."--2003 Peabody Awards entry form.

Corporate Producers: History Channel (Television network) | Wild Eyes Productions LLC

Persons Appearing: Cesar Gaviria (Interviewee) | Morris Busby (Interviewee) | Francisco Santos (Interviewee) | Hugo Martinez (Interviewee) | Javier Pena (Interviewee) | Joe Toft (Interviewee) | Stephen Murphy (Interviewee) | Carlos Castano (Interviewee)

Broadcast Date: 24-Mar-03