Griselda Blanco rose to the top of the world of drugs because she was the baddest of the bad. She was a drug lord for the Medellín Cartel, and a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine drug trade and underworld during the 1970s and early 1980s. US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Bob Palombo said of her “I don’t think the fact that she was a female trying to prove something had anything to do with her violent behavior; I just think it was inherent to Griselda Blanco. This goes back to her life, the way she was brought up. She was just a violent person.” Her upbringing was violent, neglectful and depraved. This became her future kingdom. Her philosophy about death was “if you’re going to be a killer be the best.” She was. Watch Griselda Blanco
Blanco was born on 15 February 1943 on the north coast of Colombia, and moved to Medellín when she was three years old. Griselda at age 11 kidnapped, tried to ransom and eventually shot a child from the upscale neighborhood near her hillside slum. By her preteens, she was a pickpocket and at the age of 14 she ran away from her physically abusive mother and resorted to prostitution. She met Carlos Trujillo, a hustler who imported illegals into the States. They married but by the late 1960s, Blanco divorced Trujillo then killed him over a business dispute. Soon after, she met and married another hustler, Alberto Bravo. In the mid-1970s, Blanco and Alberto emigrated to the States and established a cocaine business. Griselda was involved in much of the drug-related violence known as the Cocaine Cowboy Wars that plagued Miami in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Her network brought in US$80 million per month. She masterminded 200 murders. If you purchased drugs from Blanco and failed to pay her back promptly, Blanco would kill you. If she bought drugs from you and didn’t feel like paying, she would kill you. On 20 February 1985 she was arrested in her home. Blanco was sentenced to more than a decade in jail. By pressuring one of her lieutenants, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office obtained sufficient evidence to indict her for three murders. The case collapsed largely due to technicalities and Blanco was released from prison and deported to Colombia. Watch Cocaine Cowboys II: first 11 minutes
In 1975, when her Learjet touched down at the Bogotá airport a convoy of long black limousines whisked the 32-year-old over dusty roads toward the Colombian capital. Blanco was back in her native country to meet with Alberto. At five feet tall and weighing 165 pounds Blanco was no drug lord’s fantasy chica. Millions in profits were missing, and Blanco blamed her husband. They fired guns at each other. Blanco was struck in the stomach but recovered, her husband was not so lucky. She liked to be at war. Every day she’d say, ‘We’ve got to get so-and-so,’ ‘we’ve got to get so-and-so.’ Most dangerously, Alberto’s nephew Jaime learned she was responsible for his uncle’s murder. Watch cocaine cowboys part 2 of 2
Charles Cosby, a hustler in his late teens was awestruck by a “Cocaine Queen” who moved hundreds of kilos into the U.S. Cosby reflected, “Griselda was the connection of all connections. My eyes were on the prize.” Cosby visited her in prison. “How much money do you need,” Blanco asked, “for you and your family to be comfortable?” Cosby threw out a sum of 50 keys. A Latino woman visited his house bearing two packages of 50 kilos of cocaine the next day. Cosby became a millionaire. Watch Cocaine Cowboys II: hustlin with the godmother “I’m going to move against Kennedy,” Blanco told him. Cosby was confused. “The president’s son!” Blanco shouted. “Is that descriptive enough for you, Charles?” A plot against JFK Jr. was madness. Cosby backed away from Blanco. Unbeknownst to the Godmother prosecutors from the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office subpoenaed Cosby. By 1998 the case against Blanco collapsed and by June 2004 the Godmother was released from prison and deported back to Colombia, where she is currently living a quiet life in Bogota. Watch Griselda Blanco.
**update** Griselda Blancowas shot to death by two gunmen on a motorcycle as she walked out of a butcher shop in her hometown, Medellin, on September 3, 2012. One hit-man fired two bullets into her head, executing her in the type of “motorcycle assassination” she is “credited” with inventing. She became living (dying) proof that her own motorcycle assassination “invention” is quite effective.