Killing Escobar: The Story of the Band of British Mercenaries Out to Kill the World’s Biggest Drug Lord.

The new documentary tells the unlikely tale of the men who trained to take out Carlos Escobar on behalf of his competition.

Tom Brogan

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This fact-is-stranger-than-fiction documentary recounts the story of a group of mercenary soldiers from the UK who headed into Colombia to assassinate the largest cocaine manufacturer and distributor on the planet.

At the heart of the film is Peter McAleese, a soldier from Glasgow, who describes himself as “A dirty lowdown scumbag of a man.”

In the 1980s, Pablo Escobar was responsible for 80% of all the cocaine in the world. His Medellin Cartel flooded Miami with the white stuff. He ruled his empire with an iron fist doling out retribution to anyone who crossed him with unforgiving brutality. He had politicians executed, and rivals bombed, executed, and their premises burnt to the ground. “Unfortunately, it was a very cruel war,” El Ñangas, one of Pablo’s hitmen, says with understatement in the film.

By 1989 his business rivals the Cali Cartel, who controlled New York, had one eye on Miami, while Escobar wanted a piece of their business on the US East Coast. A war began. Cali knew they had…

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Tom Brogan

Author of We Made Them Angry Scotland at the World Cup Spain 1982. Writing about films, music, football and television. https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/tombrogan