Cocaine ‘Godmother’ Gunned Down

Florida Department of Corrections

She’s been called the “Queen of Cocaine,” the “Black Widow,” and La Madrina—“The Godmother.” Now Griselda Blanco, the woman credited with turning Miami into a murder capital in the ‘80s as a pioneer in the modern illicit drug industry, is dead, killed by assassins on motorcycles in Colombia at the age of 69. She was suspected in over 40 drug-related murders—though she was never tried—and deported in 2004. “It’s surprising to all of us that she had not been killed sooner because she made a lot of enemies,” says an ex-Miami homicide detective.