Source – Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s son [Sebastian Marroquín] has claimed singer Frank Sinatra was his dad’s business partner… in an interview with a Brazilian newspaper.
He said the American artist was one of his dad’s partners in Miami.
Asked how he could be so sure of his extraordinary claims, Marroquin told respected newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo: “There are more singers than you can imagine that began their careers thanks to the sponsorship of drug traffickers.
“There are no receipts, just words. I know because I was very close to my father and he and his partners always spoke about that.”
He added: “I can tell you that Sinatra was a better cocaine dealer than a singer. He was one of the partners of my father in Miami.”
Pablo Escobar, so so hot right now. Everybody and their mother is obsessed with Narcos, and for good reason. Escobar’s tale is the rare non-fiction account that’s so insane it would be laughed out of a Hollywood pitch meeting if presented as fiction. Escobar forever altered Colombian history books, and his legacy as a vicious, pioneering druglord has inspired dozens of film and television reinactments. What’s more, the almighty Quan recently had the man’s face tattooed on his forearm.
This is all a way of saying that Escobar’s post-mortem popularity is as high as it’s ever been. It makes sense that details about his past and unverifiable claims of his associates are coming out of the woodwork. This little Frank Sinatra tidbit coming from the mouth of Pablo’s son makes it even juicier, but not necessarily true.
The Mirror article mentions that Sebastian wrote the best-selling book Pablo Escobar: My Father. Clearly, the son cares deeply about his father and, probably, feels a duty to defend Pablo’s image while outsiders re-purpose and re-write his legacy for their own personal gain. It also makes sense that Sebastian – and other Escobar relatives – would want to discuss tales of Pablo’s celebrity. This detracts attention from the massive elephant in the room – Pablo was responsible for at least 3,500 Colombian deaths – while likening Escobar to rich, famous, universally loved figures such as Frank Sinatra.
Do I think that Frank Sinatra was the head of an American cocaine conglomerate? No, no I do not. But I do believe that anyone would be a fool to ignore Sinatra’s connections to the mafia, and the same goes for Sinatra’s alleged friendship with Escobar. Criminal behavior, camaraderie, and high-net worth individuals have gone hand-in-hand in America since well before the days of Boss Tweed. It comes as no surprise to hear that Sinatra and Escobar were pals. I’m sure they enjoyed private room dinners at Caesar’s Palace, fully equipped with friends and “entertainment” – eating, and drinking; laughing, and snorting; groping, and crooning. I wouldn’t be surprised if they discussed “business,” or if someone on Sinatra’s payroll was heavily involved in said business. That would actually seem par for the course. But no, I do not think that was calling the shots, importing kilos of cocaine himself.
Now, somebody cue the music.