Escaped Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Is Becoming A Folk Hero At Home

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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

With Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera’s second major escape from a maximum security prison in Mexico, his fans are growing in number. The drug lord known as “El Chapo” is becoming something of a folk hero in Sinaloa, Mexico, the killer’s hometown.

The New York Timesreports that citizens in Sinaloa are celebrating “El Chapo’s” escape as an example of his endless guile and intelligence, quite despite his fearsome reputation as a killer and drug trafficker.

One Mexican from Culiacán, for instance, tried to answer why he and his fellow Mexicans view the drug lord as a hero.

“Because he’s a living legend. He’s like Al Capone. He’s like Lucky Luciano. Like Tony Soprano. Like Scarface. He’s like a character on a television show, except that he’s alive, he’s real.”

Others appreciate Guzmán because he is a major source of income for many in the territory he has controlled over the…

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