Monday, June 15, 2009

Charles Cosby

Griselda Blanco’s Man
By, Wendy Day (www.WendyDay.com)

Charles Cosby was more than the star of Cocaine Cowboys 2. He lived that story. He lived the good life. Griselda Blanco was a notorious Columbian Drug Lord in the 1980s, known for her ruthlessness. It’s amazing that she was not only a woman who was able to keep up with her male counterparts, but surpass them in many cases. Sitting comfortably in my living room, Charles shared the details of his life with such openness and candor that it was refreshing. As a woman who has dated incarcerated men, and as a woman with some small degree of power who has helped men build their companies and empires only to have them move on afterwards, my first question was a bit personal—“did you love her?”

And even though Charles assured me that he did love her, it wasn’t until he put her son, Michael Corleone, on the phone with me that I realized just how much he did love her. Charles still has a warmth and a deep affection for Griselda’s favorite son, even after all these years of not speaking with her. Michael, who grew close to Charles when he was dating his Mother, looks to Charles as a father figure. And although Griselda has gone back to Columbia, or Rio, or wherever she is, Michael and Charles still have a strong familial relationship. The love is apparent on both sides.

Charles Cosby’s story was honest, but that wasn’t difficult for him. It was like therapy for him to get it all off his chest. Griselda was a caring, generous, beautiful woman, and Charles fell in love with the woman behind the image. And she loved him very much and he felt the love completely.

Growing up in East Oakland, known as Anthony or Dot by his friends and family, his goal was to be a lawyer. But selling drugs at 16 years old allowed the money to quickly replace the legitimate dreams. In 1984, Charles was a mid-level drug dealer controlling a handful of crack houses. After his original distributor was murdered in 1985, it killed his business and his mentor. Charles moved 150 miles south to Fresno, CA where he soon ran out of money.

Upon returning to Oakland, he returned to the streets. In the mid-80s, drug dealers were rampant, even more so than now. There were no mandatory minimums for sentencing, snitches weren’t an issue, and one could call up the local dealer on the phone and place an order, even if you weren’t known to him. It was a different era. In February of 1985, Charles saw a television news clip of the arrest of the notorious Griselda Blanco. He was amazed at who she was, her tremendous power, and what she had built—it was everything he was trying to build for himself. She was known as the Godmother of Cocaine and the fact that she was a shot caller as a female was outstanding to him. Six years later, Charles met a Panamanian lady who had worked for Griselda in the past. After striking up a conversation, Charles convinced her to make the introduction to Griselda in prison. Charles wrote Griselda a heartfelt letter, and although he didn’t expect a response from her, he got one.

They wrote back and forth for a year, and Charles went to see her in person (1992). When she came out to visitation, she was dressed to the hilt in a bright red suit with red pumps, while every other inmate was dressed in khaki. Griselda, at 50 years old, looked more like a socialite than an inmate. Their relationship was based on letters, phone calls, and visits. Almost immediately, Griselda became his distributor. By the time Charles got home from the visit, two cardboard boxes arrived at his front door by special delivery--filled with bricks of cocaine. The focus of the relationship was business, but it became personal.

Charles went from making $40,000 to millions of dollars in 4 to 6 weeks. His life changed drastically. He was 22 or 23 years old. Griselda was a great teacher, keeping him focused and his ego in check. He spread throughout the Bay Area and northern California and became the distributor for his friends and friends of friends. He also ran errands for Griselda by being exposed to her network in NC, OH, VA, NY, Los Angeles. He met with distributors and acted as a mouth piece for her. She trusted him completely.

Charles became close to 2 of her 4 sons: Michael Corleone and Oswaldo. Charles was 10 years older than Michael and 3 years younger than Oswaldo, but they were like brothers. Griselda and Charles were together until 1996.

Charles met a woman named Amber in the visiting room of the prison. He began sleeping with her. When Griselda found out (she was still incarcerated), Charles was attacked with 12 warning shots which were intended to end his life. Oddly, it made Griselda and Charles closer, and made Charles realize how much Griselda loved him.

When Griselda had 18 months left of her incarceration, new murder charges were being filed against her and they were trying to put her on death row. Griselda was shook. She felt no Columbian had ever gotten a fair trial in the US. Her plan was to kidnap John F Kennedy, Jr. and Charles was not with the plan. Although speculation is that Charles rolled on her, he says that if his goal was to have her incarcerated, there were crimes he knew about that would have put her away for life, he didn’t have to expose a kidnapping plan.

Griselda was moved from California to Florida and Charles was subpoenaed to testify against Griselda. He wasn’t helpful to the prosecution because he felt she had done so much for him and his family. A secretary for the prosecution, on the day of his deposition, came to Charles’ hotel room and had sex with him. It came to light later on in the trial that this same secretary was having phone sex with the star witness against Griselda, thus disabling the Prosecution’s case. Griselda was offered a plea bargain and took it.

In June of 2004, Griselda was released from prison and deported immediately back to Bogata Columbia. After the statute of limitations passed, the directors of Cocaine Cowboys approached Charles to tell his story. He saw they were at the top of their game. Cocaine Cowboys 2 has been released into 52 countries and is available in WalMart, Target, etc, unlike Cocaine Cowboys which was a bit harder to find.

It took 15 months to put Cocaine Cowboys 2 together (Mark Cuban financed the movie), and it made Charles a star even though he’s remained humble. He’s not comfortable with the notoriety. At the screening of Cocaine Cowboys 2, the main question the press was asking Charles was didn’t he fear for his life that Griselda would have him assassinated. At that point, Charles introduced Michael Corleone as his special guest. If Griselda had a hit out on him, it wasn’t apparent.

Charles has written a book along with his biographer—an investigative journalist. Charles spends his time traveling between Los Angeles and Belize. His focus is on speaking to the youth. He doesn’t want them to follow his path because they will end up dead or in jail. He sees the danger of peer pressure in this materialistic society, but the penitentiary comes with those trappings of success.

I didn’t ask Charles if he snitched on Griselda. He volunteered the fact that he was subpoenaed and he had to go to Florida to testify—not a snitch move. Griselda received a copy of the film before anyone else saw the movie. Her only complaint about Cocaine Cowboys 2, according to Charles, was that it showed her murdered son, Oswaldo, in his casket.

When asked if he had any regrets, Charles thoughtfully said he wished he had continued in school and gotten his law degree. The idea of a white picket fence and a country club membership are looking real good to him now. But he’s thankful that he has a story to tell that might stop one or two people from going down the same path he chose.

Charles Cosby is an amazing and interesting man. And he’s sooooo much more than just Griselda Blanco’s (former) man.





28 comments:

6c7023a4-01f4-11e1-a33e-000bcdcb8a73 said...

lol I just watched "Cocaine Cowboys 2" that guy is so full of shit. Sure he worked with the godmother but all the numbers he gave on how much he was earning, how much she was earning are all bullshit. That story about the secretary fucking him is bullshit. Cant believe after all of that and at the end of it he hasnt learned anything. Talking about walking away with 20 mil in unclaimed income, that doesnt happen. IRS would have had his ass years ago and even if they didnt he wouldnt be talking about it. Also people with 20 million dollars dont hang out in oakland ghettos with guys with guns. I used to slang yay myself, and I know EVERYBODY LOVES to lie about how much money they are making. Only uneducated black people would ever believe half the shit this guy says. But thank you for making it, it made me laugh and even more glad that I got out of that, went to school and actually do make good money.

romeo10 said...

u obviously dont get it DAWG lol slang :) seriously u cant be callin people stuff puttin uneducated black people down and talkin shit,how the fook do u think she got out early,think about it :) :) :) hav u got it yet??because cosby fooked the office girl----now fool ask ur self ummm how did dat happen,i know its never happened to me and im sure it hasnt happened to u :) ummm wonder why,oh yeah money talks,she didnt jus happen to walk by,it was an up urs from cosby to the state and to show blanco dat he stuck to his word and was loyal,he obviously knew making dat programe how much he cud say and knew he was able to make it without getting banged up,theres obviously more to it between cosby/blanco,think about it,he is alive,she is out-no one got locked up for life,nither of dem,its a win win for dem both which in my mind means they called it truce cause he fooked the girl to get blanco off and got to keep his life in return,or else it was a case of he is still loyle to her and prob still dose,either way there both two clever fookin people and while ur there flipping ur burgers they are still millionares and u aint,he can talk as much bullshit as he want u still dont hav shit and he got into a thing and made millions and got to walk away after making it illigal and he is free :)seriously,u need to sometimes say nothing,as ronan keating says "YOU SAY IT BEST WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL" youtube it if ur thinkin wtf :) now sleep my friend sleep,i know its my bedtime in my country,over and out from irelane....P.S that was a savage programe,well worth watchin ;)

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psychdr said...

I am fascinated by this program. Whether you believe it's all true or not, America is watching it and eating it up just as they did "The Godfather". Drugs, money, and ruthless people generate an audience.

bookie31 said...

How the fuck you know this man is lieing stop hating and get money like this man use too,thats the problem now people always say why you still hang in the ghetto if you got money shit it is his home so stop hating.

Mozilla said...

I just saw the Biography Channel. They did not mention Charles Crosby in the Griselda Blanco Bio but even if he was embellishing a portion of his story and leaving parts out, he was a part of the Griselda Blanco saga.

Griselda is or was a ruthless woman who rose the ranks of the MedellĂ­n Cartel in Colombia helping Pablo Escobar along the way. But she fled to Miami where she sold drugs as a godmother of the drug trade. She was able to hide from authorties and paid various people to help her out.

However, she started to kill people in droves as she put out hits after hits on these various people who ranged from rival gangs to her own family. She was paranoid. She then had a hit put on her because she killed a family and tried to have the kids killed.

But the gangsters who were in charge of the killings turned on each other and one of them refused kill the children and shot and killed the fellow gang members.

Meanwhile days earlier, she turned on one of her own and killed him in a car when mobsters ambushed him but they ended up also killing his child.

The drug gangs in Miami were angered and wanted her gone. So that was when she felt she could not trust relatives and killed her own niece as well on the grounds she was working with the FBI and the DEA as an informant. But according to Cocaine Cowboys 1, she never had proof.

So she felt that the Feds were on her tail as well as gangsters who kept trying to kill her. That was when she left to California near Los Angeles.

She tried to lay low in California, but it was her kids especially Michael Corleone who went into the business of selling drugs. And it led to her meeting Charles Crosby.

Thingmaker said...

I'm watching Cocaine Cowboys 2 right now on youtube. Charles Cosby is obviously an extremely intelligent guy, able to see the big picture of the cards he was dealt and able to take advantage of his situation to survive. The "collateral damage" of the drug situation in America is obviously sad and unacceptable, but it's very hard to blame a dude for wanting to thrive in the only world he knows: a shitty one. Blame the effin drug war launched by the rich white power government to keep the poor uneducated masses incarcerated and without hope to experience a better world. I cannot disrespect Charles or accuse him of violating a moral code of ethics when society cannot provide the physical reality of those moral codes.

Lance Nobles said...

Haters gonna hate! RIP Griselda! I'm gonna snort a fat line for the godmother! Hahahaha.

SonBrotherHusbandFather said...

only a mofo with no name...says stupid shit like that...Hey I went to school, got my education...and I learn something too...racism still alive...

sierra said...

Why hate on the man? In the words of Too Short "You Should Be Gettin It"

sierra said...

Why hate on the man In the words of Too Short "You Should Be Gettin It"...Just bc you were a wack ass broke drug dealer don't hate on the next. & stop with the fuckin racist comments you fuckin CUNT!!!!

Gerald Turner said...

Hatin ass nigga u just mad u ain't got wat he has

Laneeka Williamson said...

If this woman rocked out; good! Knowing major players; that $ is very very real.... Now; stop running ya mouth because there are still many loyal people to her! In other words; Shut the fuck up you broke bitch!

pJ said...

This fool said to much in this movie. if i was the godmother his ass would of been taken out i dont care if none of this shit couldnt be used in court....fuck a snitch you take that shit to your grave dosnt matter how long its been

Justin Bell said...

Charles Cosby was non the less a fooking genius. I mean come on now who would have ever thought to write a biotch a letter in prison for a hook and it actually work!!!!! You have to hand it to the "uneducated black man from the hood"{jokes}.. I could or you only wish to fall into something like this. To be making millions of dollars at the age of 23, running the biggest smuggling organization in the world, and to get out of it the way they "PLANNED". To still be alive and living a hell of a life with his family and friends surrounding him. I have nothing but props for this absolute fooking boss!!! Thanks for the hell of a story Mr.Crosby I personally enjoyed every minute of it.

yeseree said...

Ya its obvious that there was a plan to have a mistrial via banging the laywers staff. Anyone that thinks its a coincidence that the godmother, charles and even rivi for that matter are all still alive.

The godmther not only avoided tge death penalty but was eventually released and finished her days in colombia.

Charles never faced jailtime as result of hisnrelationship with the godmother. Plus him telling the story to the public allows it to end. When he tells the whole story, with a begginning middle and conclusion, the public n future authorities will finally see this as the end, having no more questions and the statute of limitations finished they will move on to something else. I hate when people constrain their understanding of a situation and limit their conclusions without really processing what they saw.

dwayne sanders said...

Again theres always a non believer.Why wouldnt you think he was lying.When he was piping down the damn connect.My guess is you didnt know much about hustling in those daysX.A couple of thousand was easy to see in day.With a couple of zips.So imagine the money if you had that type if connection.And im sitting here watching this movie .He has three different ppl vouching for him.So where did you se him lying...

BLUEDOV6 said...

Justin

Genius is not the word I would call this guy but amazing,crazy and stupid. He could have been killed by this woman.All about greed!! I died laughing when he said he was going to"fuck up the God mother"

BLUEDOV6 said...

yesseree

I think he did that because La madrina was still alive at the time of this documentary and people always want to look good when they tell their part of the story . I agree with you that he omitted somethings

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Suentos naingie said...

AHAHAHAHA you don't unterstand this shit Charles cosby is the real American gangster beacause he now have milions and because of griselda and he survive this shit. he is smart en thats why he is a gangster because
HE SURVIVED. (and most soldiers know him)

jeff said...

^^^^^^^
Not to mention he not only survived he didn't snitch either
Charles Cosby 100

Blanka said...

Lots if Hispanic women are tough and rough
Don't mess with Hispanic women
Don't under estimate them
We are not loud and stupid
U know what I mean ��;)

Griselda blanco was living proof
There's more women like her or even worst in the Hispanic culture with deceiving looks hehehehe

Black mafia family said...

I seen photos of him and the godmother herself, Griselle Blanco. So that tells me he ain't lying about everything he have said about all the drugs and the money he was earning for doing it! Charles is the real man.

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MamaDrea0223 said...

@Sierra
Defensive much? People have a right to say what they want. You calling names makes you just as bad. It makes you sound extremely ignorant yourself.

C.J. taylor said...

Hey if I wanted to talk to this guy how would I do that

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