Notorious cocaine drug lord Pablo Escobar kept his bathrooms very clean and also had an affinity for women’s lingerie and sex toys, according to a new book by two DEA agents who helped track him down.
Two of the American federal agents who helped Colombian authorities track down Escobar, who at the time was one of the richest men in the world, have written a book that includes personal details about the elusive outlaw.
Steve Murphy (left) and Javier F. Peña (right), two former agents with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, reveal in a new book that Escobar was a neat freak who liked to read press clippings about himself
In 1991, the government tried to save face by getting Escobar to ‘surrender’ to a prison facility that he himself built in exchange for a pledge by the authorities not to extradite him to the United States.
The government canceled the agreement after it learned that Escobar tortured and murdered four of his lieutenants inside the facility. A commando raid to seize Escobar failed, and he managed to escape once again.
In their book, Peña and Murphy write: ‘The prison was pretty much what we suspected – a country club filled with luxury items, such as state-of-the-art televisions, refrigerators and stereo equipment.
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‘That included his own prison “cell”.
‘He used the nearby cottages for parties and alternated sleeping in each of them.
‘They were all beautifully appointed, with planters, hanging baskets and luxurious upholstery and drapes.
‘One of them had a bathroom built like a bunker, with reinforced cement walls that must have been more than 3 feet thick.’
‘Escobar had a thing about clean and well-proportioned bathrooms, and each time we raided a safe house that Escobar used, we always found a curiously sparkling bathroom with brand–new fixtures,’ they write.
On the desk in front of him are stacks of American dollar bills as well as what appear to be gold bullion.
Peña also finds a gun made of solid gold.
‘He had every wanted poster that had ever been issued against him in Colombia and just about every article that had appeared about him in his files,’ Peña says in the book.
The agents also found ‘volumes on how to take care of homing pigeons.
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He also never slept in the same bed two nights in a row, according to the former agents
‘We also found letters from mothers offering up their daughters for sex with the drug lord.
His son, Juan Pablo, was 14 at the time, and his daughter Manuela was around seven years of age.
‘Outside the drug lord’s cell was a sitting area that overlooked a playground, complete with a playhouse that had electricity and running water,’ they write.
‘I never thought I would enter the lion’s lair,’ Peña writes.
Peña was portrayed by actor Pedro Pascal (far right) while Murphy was played by Boyd Holbrook (center). Actor Maurice Compte (far left) played Colonel Horatio Carrillo of the Colombian National Police, though this character was fictionalized
The agent writes that the bed ‘was comfortable – large and custom-made, with a base of concrete and two firm mattresses stacked on top of each other.
‘I made sure to change the sheets and when it was time to hit the sack, I crawled under the colorful comforter.
‘An eerie silence enveloped the bedroom, and I tossed and turned, wide awake.
‘Sleep wouldn’t come.’
Peña writes that he got up and turned on a nearby lamp.
He saw a ceramic depicting the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms.
‘I couldn’t help thinking how a guy who killed thousands of innocent people could pray to the Virgin Mary, could dare to seek her protection, her blessing,’ Peña writes.
Although Escobar escaped, he felt the noose tightening around his neck. He was hunted not just by the Colombian authorities and the DEA, but also rival drug cartels who wanted to move in and take over his large share of the narcotics trade.
‘He looked almost nothing like the stocky, mustachioed, smirking villain in the wanted posters,’ Murphy writes.
‘He had a scruffy beard.
Streaming giant Netflix created the acclaimed series Narcos based on the agents’ work in Colombia.
Murphy and Peña were played, respectively, by Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal.
Both agents retired from the DEA recently.
‘Did we really do this? Was it really over?’ Murphy, 62, writes.
‘It felt like a dream.’
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