Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez (April 15, 1962 – February 6, 2020), also known by the alias "Popeye" alias “”jj”” was a Colombian hitman who was part of the criminal structure of the Medellín Cartel until his surrender to the Colombian justice system in 1992.

The Medellin Cartel operated out of Colombia in the late ‘70s and flourished throughout the ‘80s. Moreover, during his reigns as a hitman, he admitted to having been killed over 300 people by himself.

I survived Pablo Escobar Gaviria, “the Pattern”, and it was the strength of his indomitable spirit that, I do not know how or why, sustained me throughout these years, because his presence continues to mark every day of my existence. According to John Jairo Velasquez, Escobar’s top hit man during the 1980s, approximately 3000 people died upon the criminal’s orders. It has been claimed that he was blackmailing former associates of Pablo Escobar who were still in control of some of his assets.

Within this structure he claimed to be a lieutenant commanding half of the sicarios. The deeds that I have done never deprived me of sleep.". Velásquez probably made millions while working for the Medellin Cartel, however, most of that money is gone after he was arrested and incarcerated.

Jhon Jairo Velasquez was born in in April 15, 1962.

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John Jairo Velásquez (birth name – Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez), nicknamed – Popeye, is a former Columbian assassin who confessed to more than 300 killings as part of the criminal structure of the Medellin Cartel. [3] Velásquez escaped from prison once and was later caught and served the time.

In 2015, he released a book, titled – ”Surviving Pablo Escobar: “Popeye” The Hitman 23 Years and 3 Months in Prison.”.

", is a former assassin that was part of the criminal structure of the Medellin Cartel until his surrender to the Colombian justice system in 1992. Whenever I took a life, I didn’t feel anything. Popeye had a net worth of $12 million from his career as a hitman for the richest drug lord.

But last year he was back behind bars when he was arrested as part of an extortion investigation. Popeye then asked his men to do the job.

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For plotting the murder of César Gaviria, Popeye received a 30-year sentence in a maximum-security jail in Bogota. 80 million pesos (£20,370). Saying that he did enjoy the relationship with lots of women but only sexually. [6] He also helped to plant the plane bombing that killed 110 people.

Popeye was once in a relationship with Wendy Chavarriaga Gil, a former lover of his boss Manuela Escobar dad’s Pablo Escobar. The first episode of Alias J.J. debuted with a total of over 8.4 million viewers in Colombia.

All rights reserved. He was one of the members of the inner circle of Pablo Escobar, the head of the criminal organization calling itself The Extraditables. They wronged, we righted it.”, Velásquez has always denied he is a murderer and was himself a "victim".

And although he was not educated he had a supremely intelligent criminal mind. John Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, also known as Popeye, reinvents himself and tells his horrifying story of surviving a life of being Pablo Escobar's top hitman. He got the nickname because of his resemblance to American cartoon characters.

In 1989, Velásquez was part of a plot to assassinate César Gaviria, a Colombian presidential candidate, by blowing up a plane. There were 110 people killed in the process.

“Killing was too easy. Velásquez told the Mirror previously: "You have to understand I was a ­professional killer. In a country blighted by poverty, where the average annual wage was just £6,300, being a hitman was lucrative work.

I was given that work and carried out his orders. Even though he claims to have turned his life around - Velásquez made one final chilling threat.

In the past, Velásquez didn’t feel regret for his killings.