Exploring The Criminal Mind

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Analysis of Griselda Blanco Using the General Theory of Crime
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Brief Introduction to the Criminal: Griselda Blanco
Griselda Blanco, popularly known as the Black Widow or Cocaine Godmother, was
born in Cartagena, Colombia, on February 15, 1943 (Refashioned, 2020). Her early years
were difficult, and in a horrifying event, she is said to have kidnapped and killed a child at the
age of 11 because the child’s wealthy family refused to pay a ransom. Because of her unstable
background, Blanco was exposed to a life of crime at a young age and turned to prostitution
and pickpocketing to make ends meet.
It was a momentous choice when Blanco, her husband, and their four children entered
the US in 1964 using forged passports. They made their home in Queens, New York, where
Blanco established a successful cocaine business. In April 1975, a federal narcotics
conspiracy indictment resulted from her illicit organization. She fled to Colombia for fear of
being apprehended but eventually returned to the country in the 1980s (Refashioned, 2020).
Her return coincided with the uptick in violence as Miami experienced increased violence
and a task force formed to battle the high-crime pandemic connected to cocaine trafficking.
Blanco’s legal history includes a New York trial that started in June 1985, where she was
found guilty on one count of conspiring to produce, import, and distribute cocaine.
On September 3, 2012, Blanco was murdered in Medellin, Colombi …
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