Popeye: Confessions of a hitman

In Medellín, the former capital of drugs, we gained exceptional permission to meet and follow John Jairo Velasquez, better known as Popeye – Pablo Escobar’s former lieutenant. After confessing to participating in 250 murders and ordering thousands more, Popeye spent 23 years in prison before being released. At 54, he is now a star in his neighbourhood, but still a wanted man by his former enemies, making it impossible for him to move around without bodyguards.


  • Year: 2018
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Tony Comiti Productions
  • Director: Michelle Fines, Paul Comiti
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France


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