In a scathing Facebook post, Pablo Escobar’s son, Sebastian Marroquin, has outlined what he claims are falsehoods from the second season of the immensely popular Netflix series “Narcos.” According to Escobar’s progeny, the show is far more fiction than fact.
“On behalf of my country and in honor of the real truth of the incidents which took place between the 80s and 90s I see [an] obligation to make serious mistakes of a series that claims to be truthful,” Marroquin writes. He details 28 discrepancies from the series and real-life, and here are some of the most bold.
Bibles Salesman UncleTelesur TV
His uncle was a “bible salesman” and not a drug dealer:
Carlos Henao (RIP) was my maternal uncle and he was not a drug dealer he's cracked up to be in the series. In fact he was a great man, a hard worker, honest, noble and good father of the family. A good friend of my mother. Henao was an architect who helped build some houses, roads and bridges of the hacienda Naples to my father, but never got involved in illegal activities. Was never convicted in Colombia or any country for any offence. He was a Bible salesman.
Wrong Favorite TeamThe Chive
If they don’t know his favorite team, they don’t know Pablo:
My Father was not a supporter of Atlético Nacional, but of the Independiente Medellín. If the writers don't even know the favorite team of Pablo, how dare they tell you the rest of a story like that and sell it as true?
Cathedral ShootoutDaily Mail
Not many people actually died at the Cathedral:
On the escape from the Cathedral: the confrontation was not that big, only a keeper of the prison died. There was no clash. My Father had no contacts, no help from the law to escape. The escape was planned from when the jail was constructed: my father ordered them to leave a few bricks loose. Dad ran away when the government informed him the agreement to not transfer him was no longer applicable.
Not The CIAFacebook
It was not the CIA who informed about Los Pepes:
The CIA didn't tell the Catano Brothers about Los Pepes. It was Fidel Castaño who decided to, with the complicity of the Cali cartel and the local authorities and foreigners who turned a blind eye to thousands of crimes.
Didn't Personally KillBuzztache
Pablo did not “personally” kill Colonel Carrillo:
My Father didn't personally kill Colonel "Carrillo" as they call him in the series. He attacked the police of Colombia many times and they killed more than 500 in a month in the city of Medellin at the end of the 80's. I'm not proud my father's violence, and I must admit, and know he did a damage to the police as well as also gave them a lot of money.
Died AloneThe Chive
Escobar died alone:
At the end of his days, my father was alone. Not surrounded by his band as shown. Well, almost all of his band, with the exception of Angelito and Chopo, they either had surrendered or were dead.
No Wedding DeathsFacebook
His father did not attack families, or anyone on their wedding day:
My dad never attacked the daughter of Gilberto Rodriguez at his wedding, not in real life. Or any member of his family. That was the covenant, do not touch the families. Even though my father believed that they planted a bomb on 13 January 1988 in the building Monaco where we lived with my sister and my mother.
Only One ShootoutVintag
Only in one shootout with his dad:
My father never forced us to stay with him underground, he always thought - just like my mother - that the best thing was that education and other opportunities were best for us.
We were in a single shooting with my father, but not similar to the one in the show.
Crooked GrandfatherThe Chive
His grandfather was crooked and deserved much worse than he got:
My paternal grandfather betrayed my father and allied himself with his eldest son Roberto. He negotiated with Los Pepes and collaborated so actively that they allowed him to continue living peacefully in Colombia while those who were loyal to the love for our father were still living In Exile. I would have liked the show's version to not be so "sweet".
"Phones Were Death"Daily Mail
Phones were “death”; Pablo was always meant to take his own life:
At the hotel tequendama, my father didn't send us phones. I was hanging up on him every time he called me to protect him, but he turned out to be a whimsical and stayed longer than prudent on the line, knowing that it would be tracked. "The phone is death" he told me all my life. [...]
My Father killed himself as I said a dozens of times. This is why I'm not surprised that the shot that took his own life was in his hand. It wasn't the police. Carlos Castaño ran that final operation.