Pablo Escobar escapes from his own prison (July 22, 1992) - History Key

Pablo Escobar escapes from his own prison (July 22, 1992)

This day in history marks an event less known by the public, but definitely the character is well known by his criminal actions. On July 22, 1992, Pablo Escobar escapes from his own prison. Why he had to escape from his prison? Shortly, from a popular figure among Columbians he became the most fearful men in the world.

Pablo Escobar
Pablo Escobar © Image Source: Wikimedia

Escobar vs. Columbia

Being connected to the international drug trafficking, Escobar had to use force which involved terrorist attacks, assassinations and kidnaps in order to “survive”. Most of his “products” ended in US which led to a treaty between US and Columbian government that allowed the extradition of any Colombian suspected of drug trafficking.

Things have escalated and he instigated a war against the Colombian government only to avoid the extradition treaty, which he eventually obtained after months of negotiations the Columbian President.

Incarcerated under his conditions

Finally he got what he wanted and avoided the extradition. He had to go to prison, but he managed to go under his own conditions. La Catedral or “Hotel Escobar “ was built which was his personal prison. The location of his prison allowed him to have visual contact to the home of his family. He arranged his prison for his own good and he even had a soccer field, a disco, a Jacuzzi tub and numerous bedrooms with king size beds.

Special prison where Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar Gaviria was kept under arrest, guarded by his own keepers, in luxurious view of his hometown
Special prison where Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar Gaviria was kept under arrest, guarded by his own keepers, in luxurious view of his hometown © Image Source: realclearlife.com

Just like that Escobar managed to build his own piece of heaven and to continue with traffic, torture and murder while Columbian government looked the other way.

When proposed to move to a standard prison he refused, and in July of 1992 after serving thirteen months of a five-year sentence he made his way to a tunnel which was built just such an eventuality.

From the moment he escaped until the moment he was captured and killed in December 2, 1993, Escobar was on the run. His death was celebrated by the Columbian police, but also by his drug cartel enemies.

Colombian police and military forces storm the rooftop where drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot dead just moments earlier during an exchange of gunfire between security forces and Escobar and his bodyguard on December 2, 1993
Colombian police and military forces storm the rooftop where drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot dead just moments earlier during an exchange of gunfire between security forces and Escobar and his bodyguard on December 2, 1993 © Image Source: biography.com

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