Alberto Bravo, the second husband of infamous drug lord Griselda Blanco, met a violent end in 1975 at the hands of his wife as their cocaine empire crumbled. Bravo and Blanco built a thriving drug trafficking operation in the 1960s and 70s, smuggling cocaine from Colombia to distribution hubs in New York and Miami.
The couple moved from Colombia to Queens, New York, in the late 1960s, using Bravo’s clothing import company as a front to conceal their growing narcotics operation. Blanco also opened her lingerie factory in Colombia, manufacturing corsets and bras with secret compartments to help female couriers smuggle cocaine undetected.
By 1971, Bravo and Blanco were running the largest cocaine ring ever uncovered between Colombia and the United States, netting millions in profits monthly.
Downfall and Death
In 1975, with authorities closing in on their drug ring, Bravo and a pregnant Blanco fled back to Colombia to evade charges.
Returning home, tensions rose between the couple over missing profits and Blanco’s increasing paranoia over Bravo’s wavering loyalty.
In a Bogota nightclub parking lot, a violent confrontation erupted between Bravo, Blanco, and their entourages of bodyguards. Blanco reportedly emerged from the chaos unscathed, while Bravo lay dead in a hail of gunfire.
The savage murder allowed Blanco to take sole control over their cocaine empire at the height of its success, expanding operations back in the United States.
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The Black Widow Legend
Alberto Bravo became the second of Blanco’s three murdered husbands, cementing her infamous reputation as “The Black Widow.”
Blanco’s first husband, Carlos Trujillo, was killed years earlier over a business dispute. Her third husband, Dario Sepulveda, met a similar bloody fate in 1983, paid for by Blanco.
Blanco allegedly ordered up to 250 murders before her violent death in a gangland-style hit in Medellin in 2012 at age 69.