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Jhon Jairo Velasquez
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    (April 15, 1962-February 6, 2020)
    Born in Yarumal, Colombia
    Hitman for the Medellin Cartel
    Performed 257 killings personally
    Arranged for another 3,000 murders
    Surrendered to Colombian authorities (October, 1992)
    Convicted on charges of terrorism, drug trafficking, extortion, and murder, and sentenced to 30 years in prison
    Released on parole (August 26, 2014)
    Returned to prison after being arrested for extortion (2018)
    Appeared in season three of ‘Narcos’ (2017)
    The Netflix series ‘Surviving Escobar’ was based on his memoirs
    Nicknamed ‘Popeye’
    He performed his first hit at age eighteen.
    He felt nothing after killing the victim and noted,’ It was then that I realized I had a stomach for crime.’
    He dismissed the deaths of children in car bombings by the cartel as collateral damage.
    In addition to contract killings, he murdered the bouncer who refused to let him into a popular nightclub.
    He further profited from his killings by writing two books about them.
    When the relative of one of his victims refused to accept his apology, he called the relative ‘a bad man with an evil heart.’
    He expected the relatives of his victims to forgive him, but admitted, ‘If anyone kills my son, I won’t forgive the murderer. I’ll find him and kill him.’
    He said, ‘If Pablo Escobar were born again, I would join him without hesitation.’
    He cooperated with the government to secure the convictions of other cartel members.
    Other inmates tried to kill him seven times in prison.
    After his release from prison, he apologized in person to the relatives of several of his victims.
    He became an unlikely political activist, posting popular YouTube videos denouncing government corruption.
    Two robbers stole his Cartier sunglasses, a mobile phone, and two gold bracelets (2016).

Credit: C. Fishel

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