Griselda Blanco, Miami's Cocaine Queen, Assassinated In Medellin Butcher Shop
According to witness testimony from federal informant Max Mermelstein, an American who worked for the cartel, Blanco boasted about little Johnny's murder, noting she was pleased that the child had been killed "because it would upset the father."
She also earned another nickname: The Black Widow. Blanco was allegedly behind the murders of three husbands.
Blanco was arrested in 1985 on federal trafficking charges and convicted a year later. In 1994, she was charged in Miami-Dade criminal court for the murders of Johnny Castro and two drug dealers who were late with their payments to the Godmother. Four years later, when she was released from a California federal prison, Blanco pled no contest to the three slayings. She was transferred to a Florida correctional facility.
She would have faced the electric chair if the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office hadn't bungled the case. Two of the prosecutor's secretaries were busted having phone sex with star witness and ex-Griselda button man Jorge "Rivi" Ayala.
Following her release from prison and deportation to Colombia in 2004, Blanco became somewhat of a hip-hop cultural icon thanks to the Rakontur documentaries Cocaine Cowboys and Hustlin' With the Godmother.
According to Rios, Blanco's murderous exploits have been exaggerated by her former criminal associates who testified against her and the media. "People don't understand that she was just a figurehead," he says. "She's not responsible for atrocities committed by others in her organization."
Nevertheless, Rios acknowledged Blanco had made a lot of enemies, some of whom are still alive and may have still wanted to collect in blood. "Unfortunately, her past caught up with her," he says.
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