Griselda Blanco, Godmother

Any time you think about organized crime, your mind probably drifts to cannolis, Marlon Brando, and offers that can’t be refused. Well, the Francis Ford Coppola creation has nothing on Griselda Blanco, the real-life head of a drug cartel who rose to prominence throughout the 1970s and ’80s.

Griselda oversaw an empire that pushed $80 million per month in cocaine out into the world. Beyond the drugs, though, she was known for her ruthless aggression, ordering many murders during her time in Miami. As head of the Medellin Cartel, she racked up a series of nicknames, such as La Madrina, the Black Widow, the Cocaine Godmother and the Queen of Narco-Trafficking.

Some of her more brutal offenses include the killing of three husbands, strippers, bystanders, and business associates. At just 10 years of age, she was implicated in the kidnapping and shooting of a child. One of her famous methods of execution was the drive-by motorcycle assassination. In 2012, after years of drug-running, murder, and other assorted crimes, she found herself on the receiving end of it.

Griselda Blanco has long been the subject of fascination with Hollywood. Her story plays out in the films Cocaine Cowboys and Cocaine Cowboys 2. Jennifer Lopez will play her in an upcoming project for HBO. But it also turns out La Medrina had her own fascination with Hollywood, loving, you guessed it, The Godfather films and seeing herself as the Don in female form. According to Latin Times, she even went so far as naming one of her children Michael Corleone.

(Featured Image: Latin Times)