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Jan 28, 2019
Episode 19: AmnesiaJanuary 28, 2019
What does the future hold in store for Popeye? With his platform muted, will someone take his place? Or will a different narrative emerge? One thing is for sure in Colombia, the future will be determined by those who control the narrative. www.thesicarioeffect.com
Jan 21, 2019
Episode 18: Law Abiding CitizenJanuary 21, 2019
Jhon Jairo Velasquez Vasquez alias "Popeye" was once the Medellin Cartel’s chief hitman and Pablo Escobar’s most trusted lieutenant. After 23 years in jail-he was released and became a social media star. Since interviewing him in November of 2017, we watched Popeye grab headlines and create controversy with his narrative. From parties raided by cops, to his Narco-tours of Medellin. In late May, just days away from Colombia’s presidential election, Popeye inserts himself into the fray....
Jan 09, 2019
Episode 17: Controlling the NarrativeJanuary 09, 2019
Happy New Year! We’re back! Popeye continues to make news. This time by tweeting his support to an ultra right-wing group in Spain. Any remaining speculation about his possible return to jail seems to have completely faded away. Following Popeye the last six months has proven one thing: The real currency in Colombia, is the narrative. And Popeye is engaged in all out combat to own and control it. Daniel Urrea is committed to creating a sustainable future. He is an advisor to a Medellin...
Dec 17, 2018
Episode 16: The Home OfficeDecember 17, 2018
April of 2018, five months after being detained in police raid that led to the capture of the alleged head of La Oficina De Envigado, Juan Carlos Mesa, public debate over wether Popeye should return to prison had disappeared.Regardless, his affiliation with La Oficina, gives us a glimpse into one of the most significant criminal groups in the world today. Daniel Rico is a renowned Colombian economist, & leading consultant on money laundering and criminal economies analysis.Daniel breaks it...
Dec 10, 2018
Episode 15: NarcocultureDecember 10, 2018
The most powerful thing Pablo Escobar did was leave behind a narrative. The young, enterprising Paisa smuggler, who became richer and more powerful than all of the elites in Colombia. It appeals to the masses, especially the disenfranchised. Unfortunately, the narrative often ignores the many innocent victims. The allure of Narcoculture has a number of potentially dangerous implications. Acclaimed Colombian writer, Joseph Avski, gives us some perspective on the impact of narcoculture in...
Dec 03, 2018
Episode 14: Luck of the DrawDecember 03, 2018
The Medellin Cartel's victims and their families exist more as statistics than real people. Narcoterrorism has touched the lives of everyone in Colombia. Behind the stories of the plotting and scheming, are the people who were at the wrong place and the wrong time, just living their lives. Mónica Gómez Villafañe is a successful banking executive in Colombia. In 1989, a chance encounter at the Bogota airport would change her life forever. www.TheSicarioEffect.com
Nov 26, 2018
Bonus Episode: Reaction & TheoryNovember 26, 2018
Bonus Episode: Because of the holiday, episode 14 will be out next Monday, Dec 3, 2018. In the meantime, please enjoy this "behind the scenes" bonus episode. A few days after Popeye was detained by police at a party for Colombia's most wanted man, Jonathan and his team discuss the breaking news and its many implications. www.TheSicarioEffect.com
Nov 19, 2018
Episode 13: EstebanNovember 19, 2018
Esteban Orozco is an accomplished screenwriter and producer. Most recently he was a writer on the hit Netflix series, “El Chapo". From day one, Esteban provided us with insight into Medellin and it’s culture of crime. After returning to LA, Jonathan invited Esteban to sit down to discuss and help process the experience. Neither could have predicted only two days prior, Popeye would be back in the headlines after attending a party for the most wanted man in Colombia. Website: ...
Nov 16, 2018
Preview Ep 13November 16, 2018
Preview of Episode 13. Coming Monday November 19, 2018.
Nov 12, 2018
Episode 12: Surprise PartyNovember 12, 2018
December 2017- Los Angeles. Shortly after returning from Medellin, we start to examine Popeye’s claims of repentance, when a startling event occurs, sending this story in an entirely new and unexpected direction. It all starts with a birthday party, for a man called “Tom”.