|The tomb of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan in Bogotá's Central Cemetery. One of Escobar's assassins shot him while campaigning in south Bogotá in 1989.|
|Escobar, lord of evil.|
Escobar was born and lived in Medellin, where he built a narco empire and wrought havoc - altho he also made himself a folk hero by distributing jobs and money to the city's poor.
Here in Bogotá, Escobar, who had no qualms about committing mass-murder, also left a trail of tragedy and terror.
|1985: The Justice Palace on Plaza Bolivar in flames.|
|The Congress building on Plaza Bolivar, |
where Escobar briefly held a seat.
In 1986, Escobar's assassins shot and killed Guillermo Cano, publisher of the El Espectador newspaper, which had bravely editorialized against the drug lords. But that wasn't enough for Escobar. Three years later, he bombed the newspaper's printing plant. El Espectador has never since recovered completely . For two decades after, it published only as a weekly.
|Aftermath of the DAS bombing.|
Just a sample of the Lord of Evil's doings in Bogotá.
|Escobar finally gets his own medicine: |
Dead on a Medellin rooftop.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours