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Netflix's 'Narcos' plays up Pablo Escobar's menace and magnetism

Netflix's 'Narcos' plays up Pablo Escobar's menace and magnetism

Into a cultural moment already roiling with political theater, border issues and gun violence drops "Narcos," a new series from Netflix that chronicles the rise of Pablo Escobar, whose ruthless monomania was matched only by his enduring antihero popularity.

Two decades after being shot by the Colombian National Police, the man who fueled cocaine use in the U.S. and founded the Medellin cartel, who had officials and agents assassinated and thousands of Colombians slaughtered, remains larger than life, the subject of countless articles, books and films. In Medellin, tourists go on guided Pablo tours.

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