Before Pablo Escobar, Griselda Blanco Was The Kingpin Of Cocaine

Pablo Escobar wasn't the only prominent cocaine kingpin of the 1970s and '80s. Griselda Blanco, known as the "Godmother of Cocaine," had a peak net worth of $2 billion from smuggling drugs into the United States, namely into Miami from Colombia. In the early 1970s, Blanco set up a lingerie shop in Colombia to aid in this operation. The underwear she invented had hidden pockets designed for smuggling the drug, and many of her drug mules crossing the border wore them.

Although famous and wealthy for her cocaine empire, Blanco gained an equally notable reputation for her violence. Legend has it she committed her first murder when she was just 11 years old. Later in life, she would publicly assassinate people in broad daylight, bayoneting a rival in a Miami airport terminal, as well as implementing the drive-by motorcycle shooting method she is credited with inventing. Her total estimated killings lands upward of 200.

Unlike Escobar, Blanco lived long enough to enjoy bits of a quiet retirement in a wealthy Colombian neighborhood after serving her prison sentence. However, she was assassinated in 2012 when two people on motorcycles shot her, the infamous murder method she invented herself. Get 10 interesting facts about Blanco in the video below.

If you'd like to learn more about this time in history, check out "Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw" by Mark Bowden. We handpick reading recommendations we think you may like. If you choose to make a purchase through that link, Curiosity will get a share of the sale.

10 Facts About Griselda Blanco

The murderous matriarch of the cocaine trade.

Written by Curiosity Staff September 19, 2016

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