English 14 Prof. Mareneck
Joaquín Guzmán Loera
Thesis Statement: How Joaquín Guzmán Loera became a mythical figure in Mexico, both a narco folk hero and a villain
His beginnings/ Birth
Rise to Power/ Control of the Sinaloa Cartel
Legend of “El Chapo”
• Born on April 4, 1957, to a poor family in the rural town of La Tuna Badiraguato, his abusive father kicked him out of the house as a child. He started swelling oranges to feed himself. He's poorly educated, his formal education ended in third grade, and as an adult, he has reportedly struggled to read and write, prevailing upon a ghostwriter, at one …show more content…
• Rumored to have entered a restaurant in Culiacan in 2007 with a posse of 10 bodyguards who promptly confiscated every single patron's cellphone so he could safely eat his favorite meal — steak — without fear of an ambush. Upon leaving, Guzman paid for everyone's meal, and each cellphone was returned to its proper owner.
• Reportedly married his third wife, Emma, in 2007 on the day of her 18th birthday in a wedding attended by hundreds of people, including local politicians and police.
• Turf wars in May 2008 led to the shooting death of his son, Edgar, who was gunned down by rival traffickers outside of a shopping mall just a month after being released from prison. Currently battling two rival groups — the Juarez Cartel and the Beltran Leyva brothers, who had served as long-trusted aides until they severed ties with Guzman in early 2008.
• Nearly captured in a Nov. 2005 raid at his rural stronghold in the