Rescued as a baby from a fatal shoot out at which his mother died, adopted by an MI6 agent working out of Colombia, kept in the dark about his true identity until the age of 24, sent to boarding school in the UK to avoid escalating kidnapping attempts, and finally given the location of Escobar’s hidden millions. Pablo Escobar’s first born son, Roberto Sendoya Escobar, tells his unbelievable true story.
In 1965, a secret mission by Colombian Special Forces, led by an MI6 agent to recover a cash hoard from a safe house used by a young Pablo Escobar, culminates in a shoot-out leaving many dead. Escobar and several of his men escape. Only a baby survives, Roberto Sendoya Escobar. In a bizarre twist of fate, the MI6 agent takes pity on the child, brings him home and later adopts him.
Over the years, Pablo Escobar tries, repeatedly, to kidnap his first born son. Flanked by his trusty bodyguards, the child, unaware of his true identity, is allowed regular meetings with Escobar and it becomes apparent that Roberto’s adopted father and the British government are working covertly with the Escobar in an attempt to control the money laundering and drug trades.
Many years later in England, as Roberto’s father lies dying in hospital, he hands his son a coded piece of paper which, he says, reveals the secret hiding place of Escobar’s ‘missing millions’. The code is published in his book, ‘Son of Escobar First Born’, for the first time.
Pablo Escobar was the most notorious drug lord the world has ever seen, one of the ten richest men on the planet, controlling 80% of the global cocaine trade, before being shot and killed in 1993.
Roberto Sendoya Escobar lives with his wife in a remote finca on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca under his adopted name of Phillip Witcomb.
He works as an acclaimed fine artist, and his work sells for many thousands of pounds. He plans to donate a substantial percentage of profits from this book to charities which benefit young people.
Roberto Sendoya Escobar is in conversation with BBC presenter, Nihal Arthanayake, in the MyVLF Theatre on August 5th, 7pm BST (2pm New York, 11am Los Angeles)Join MyVLF for FREE