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Transcript of Griselda Blanco
Do you think Griselda's appetite for power and notoriety stemmed from her childhood and abusive mother?
How do you think her relationship with men played into her perception of herself?/ her actions?
It is said that she did not affiliate with any black people in the cocaine business except her late lover Charles Cosby. Why do you think that may be?
Do you think being named the "Godmother" had an affect on how she lived her life? Griselda Blanco
"The Cocaine Godmother" Griselda Blanco Tara Dushey Bio Blanco was born in Cartagena, Columbia on February 15, 1943.
At 3 years old, she and her mother Ana Lucía Restrepo moved to Medellín.
At 11, she kidnapped, tried to ransom, and eventually shot a 10 year old boy from an upscale flatland neighborhood.
During her preteens, she became a pickpocket.
At age 14, she ran away from her physically abusive mother and consequently, resorted to prostitution for a few years in Medellín.
She married her first husband Carlos Trujillo and bore him 3 sons.
In the mid 70's, Blanco and her 2nd husband Alberto Bravo emigrated to the US and resided in Queens, NY. Cocaine Cowboy Wars Blanco was involved in most of the drug-related violences known as the Cocaine Cowboy wars that plagued Miami in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
Her Distribution network brought in about $80 million/month.
She obtained many enemies over the years which lead to many attempts to assasinate her.
This caused her to flee to California.
On February 20, 1985, she was arrested and managed to continue her cocaine business in jail.
While she was in jail, Charles Cosby, a distant admirer wrote a letter to her, which eventually turned into a personal/business relationship between the two. The Queen of Cocaine She and Alberto established their cocaine business in Queens.
She became involved with Columbia's infamour Medellín Cartel, pushing cocaine through the US, specifically NY, Miami, and southern California.
In April of 1975, Blanco was indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges along with 30 of her subordinates.
She fled to Columbia before getting arrested.
In the late 70's, she returned to Miami which lead to the start of her mass murders.
She was suspected for masterminding over 200 murders.
She killed anyone that got in her way or displeased her. "Black Widow" Blanco killed her husband Alberto Bravo after a dispute about his disloyalty regarding millions in profits from their shared empire.
She also paid to have her lover Dario Sepalveda killed in Columbia because he kidnapped their son Michael Corleone.
She notoriously gained recognition as the "black widow" due to these consecutive murders of the men in her life.
Blanco was blamed for the murders of all 3 husbands she had.
What the Godmohter is known for...
Most brutal muder was Johnny Castro, a 2 year old boy who was in car with father Jesus "Chucho" Castro at the time of his assassination.
She pioneered muder by motorbike (which is ultimately how she is assassinated)
She was responsible for trafficking up to 2 tons of cocaine into the US each month.
Her reputation was only comparable to Pablo Escobar which was one, among many others, of her notable enemies.
She attempted to kidnap JKF Junior while she was in jail in exchange for her release from prison, along with boyfriend Charles Cosby (as told in Cocaine Cowbowys documentary). Interesting Facts Movies like Scarface were inspired by the flamboyant lifestyle of Griselda
She invented her own line of drug-smuggling boxers with secret pockets to sneak cocaine across borders.
When one of her sons was killed, she said, “To the cowards whoever killed my son, the ground will shake beneath your feet. This deed will not go unpunished. I am the Mother F**kin Godmother.”
She named her son Michael Corleone after Godfather movies
She was assassinated by her own invention by 2 gunmen outside of a butcher shop in her hometown, Medellin
She is mentioned in 2 rap songs, 1 featuring Kendrick Lamar and 1 featuring Rick Ross Works Cited