The mid­dle-aged British artist who in­sists: I am Es­co­bar’s love child

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A PUB­LIC schoole­d­u­cated Bri­ton be­lieves he is a se­cret love-child of Pablo Es­co­bar.

Phillip Wit­comb, 53, claims he was born Roberto Sen­doya Es­co­bar – when his fa­ther was just 16.

Mr Wit­comb was adopted as a baby by a British cou­ple from an or­phan­age in the Colom­bian cap­i­tal Bo­gota. Now an artist based in Ma­jorca, he is plan­ning to write a book about his life, which he hopes will serve as a pre­quel to Nar­cos, the Net­flix se­ries that chron­i­cles Es­co­bar’s re­mark­able rise and fall.

He claims that his adop­tive fa­ther told him the iden­tity of his real fa­ther when he was in his 20s. ‘In re­al­ity, I hadn’t re­ally heard of Pablo Es­co­bar so wasn’t re­ally aware of what he’d done,’ he told The Mail on Sun­day.

‘But when dad told me about every­thing, I hon­estly couldn’t be­lieve it. It all came as a com­plete shock and made me re­think my life.’

Mr Wit­comb, who at­tended Luc­ton School in Here­ford­shire, claims his adop­tive par­ents hired a pri­vate se­cu­rity team when he was a child be­cause mem­bers of the Es­co­bar fam­ily made sev­eral at­tempts to kid­nap him.

While he does not have a birth cer­tifi­cate nam­ing Es­co­bar as his fa­ther, a bap­tism cer­tifi­cate says Artist Phillip Wit­comb Mr Wit­comb was born to a Maria Lu­cia Sen­doya and a Pablo Es­co­bar, and he spent time in an Catholic Church or­phan­age be­fore he was adopted aged four months.

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