There is a way in which Netflix writes history. Its portrayals of the drug-trafficking barons who form the dramatis personae of Narcos in its Colombian seasons are now ingrained in the popular imagination. And, of course, the less well-known the original, the more space for the fictive version to fill. The latest season focuses on the founding father of Mexican narcotraffic: Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Aka El Padrino, The Godfather – and that he certainly was. There is a famous drug ballad (or narcocorrido) by the masters of the genre, Los Tigres Del Norte, called El Jefe de los Jefes – the boss of bosses. It is near universally presumed to be a tribute portrait to Gallardo.
The mafia expert Roberto Saviano said Pablo Escobar was “the Copernicus” of