Jailed cartel kingpin El Chapo faces BIGAMY claims as it’s revealed he was still married to social worker first wife when he wed ‘third’ spouse Emma Coronel on her 18th birthday in 2007
New book by veteran Mexico crime reporter Anabel Hernández, Emma y Las Otras Señoras del Narco (Emma and The Other Narco Ladies), reveals jailed drug kingpin Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán had three wives
Joaquín ‘El Chapo‘ Guzmán was not only one of the world’s biggest drug traffickers before landing in prison, he was also a bigamist, according to a new book.
The book by veteran Mexico crime reporter Anabel Hernández, Emma y Las Otras Señoras del Narco (Emma and The Other Narco Ladies), reveals the jailed drug kingpin had three wives.
Guzmán, who is serving a life sentence in Colorado‘s SuperMax prison, was still married to his first wife when he wed Emma Coronel, the beauty queen mother of his 10-year-old twin daughters – who is serving a three-year prison sentence for helping to operate his Sinaloa Cartel – according to the book, due out January 25.
Hernandez was able to confirm that El Chapo is still legally married to Alejandrina Salazar. The couple tied the knot in 1977 and have five children, including Iván Archivaldo and Jesús Alfredo, both of whom are wanted by the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.
Chapo is said to have wed Griselda López in the 1980s before exchanging vows with Coronel in 2007. The California-born Coronel was just 17 years old and had a boyfriend when she first met El Chapo, who was 49 at the time, after being crowned in a Sinaloa beauty pageant in 2006.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is still legally married to his first wife, Alejandrina Salazar, according to ‘Emma y Las Otras Señoras del Narco’ (‘Emma and The Other Narco Ladies’), a book authored by veteran crime reporter Anabel Hernández
Alejandrina Salazar (left) is still married to Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán according to the new book, which also reveals that he married Griselda López (right) in the 1980s
Emma Coronel became wife No. 3 when the two wed under the ‘law of the divine’ in 2007
El Chapo was dancing with another girl and spotted Coronel on the dance floor with her boyfriend. El Chapo had someone approach her and asked if she would dance with him.
Coronel obliged and the two exchanged vows the following year on her 18th birthday.
According to the book, they held a religious ceremony in Sinaloa and bribed a priest to officiate the wedding, which was attended by military members, politicians and the state governor.
Coronel, now 32, said they wed under the ‘law of the divine,’ Hernandez writes.
She admitted being oblivious to El Chapo’s business dealings in the early stages of their relationship as security forces were poised to arrest him while he was on the run after escaping from prison in 2001.
‘It’s only after it came out in the news that we had gotten married that I started to figure out what was going on with him, although I didn’t really give it that much importance,’ Coronel told Hernández.
Hernández’s book also includes interviews with wives and other women, including a former Miss Universe contestant and actresses, who were involved with leaders of other drug trafficking organizations that operated in Mexico.
Joaquín Guzmán-López (left) and Ovidio Guzmán-López (right) are two of El Chapo’s five children from his first marriage with Alejandrina Salazar. Both men now hold hight-ranking positions in the Sinaloa Cartel while their father serves a life sentence in the United States
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán wed Griselda López in the 1980s and had four sons, including Iván Archivaldo Guzmán (left) and Jesús Guzmán (right). Both are wanted by the U.S. for trafficking drugs
Coronel was sentenced last December after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
Her sentencing also includes four years of supervision following her release.
It’s unknown if there are any legal documents registered in Mexico that would validate the wedding between Coronel and one of the world’s most notorious drug lords.
According to Mexican law, bigamy can be punished with a prison term ranging from two to five years.