Pablo Escobar's feared hitman 'Popeye' has broken his silence two years after leaving jail to claim he was never guilty of murder - and was in fact just another 'victim' of history's most notorious drug kingpin.
The 53-year-old, real name John Jairo Velasquez Vasquez, served a life sentence after admitting to killing 300 people and ordering the deaths of 3,000 more as he violently enforced Escobar's legendary reign of terror.
The Colombian, who is now in hiding fearing retribution from his victims' families, claims he is now ready to pen a tell-all memoir lifting the lid on his time in the Medellin Cartel, which left 600 police officers and thousands of civilians dead.
Personal hitman: 'Popeye' Vasquez (right) killed more than 300 people and ordered the death of 3,000 to enforce Pablo Escobar's (left) reign of terror
Escobar's most trusted hitman, Vasquez (pictured in prison) also tortured and killed a future presidential candidate at the height of the Medellin cartel's strength
Absolute power: Vasquez claims the infamous drug lord Escobar, who was gunned down by United States Drug Enforcement Administration agents in 1993 (pictured), was more powerful than anyone had ever imagined
Inside man: In a new book called 'I Survived Pablo Escobar', Vasquez reveals that this former boss's £20billion fortune enabled him to take control of the country's intelligence agency, the Administrative Department of Security (DAS)
'King of Cocaine': Netflix series Narcos charts the rise of Medellin cartel boss Escobar (played by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, pictured)
Victims of the war: A bloodied corpse lies near the Colombian Congress building where, in 1989, an explosion allegedly set off by the Medellin cartel injured several people