Over the years, narco-culture has been responsible for drawing the great drug lords as reckless figures who walk through a hail of bullets without hesitation, so it is difficult to imagine that a person surrounded by an absurd amount of violence would be as afraid as any other mortal.
In the long history of Mexican drug traffickers, without a doubt one of the names that stands out the most is that of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, "El Chapo" since for years he was one of the most wanted and leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the most powerful around the world.
However, a Twitter post by criminal profiler Monica Ramirez Cano -- who interviewed "El Chapo" while he was in prison -- revealed in the capo's own words what he is truly afraid of. "Joaquín, what are you afraid of? I asked 'Chapo' Guzmán while he was eating," begins the brief narration published on the social network, which a few lines later reveals one of the fears of what was considered one of the most dangerous criminals.
"You know that I am not very fearful, but what I am very afraid of is dark," transcribes the profiler of Guzman Loera's words. According to what "El Chapo" allegedly told Ramirez Cano in the conversation, his fear of the dark stems from an event that occurred in his childhood.
According to the drug lord, one night when he was a child, he had to cross the patio of his house to the bathroom, but when he was walking, a very heavy object fell into the fountain that was on one side of the place. Guzmán Loera told the profiler that at that moment he was so scared that he ran away, and even one of his brothers woke up frightened by the loud noise caused by the object falling into the fountain.
Mónica Ramírez wrote about her surprise when she heard that Joaquín Guzmán Loera was afraid of the dark and expressed her intrigue at the answer. "I could never walk through that courtyard alone. I was so scared, I think that's where my fear of the dark comes from..." closes the story of "El Chapo".
In January 2017, the drug trafficker was extradited from Mexico to the United States, where he was wanted for crimes in several states of the United States, related to the trafficking of illegal substances. As a result of this process, in 2019 he was sentenced by a federal court in New York to life imprisonment plus 30 years in prison.