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Michelangelo. Because the nearest school to their ranch required a 60-kilometer drive, traveling teachers visited the ranch to homeschool the children. Although a creative and enterprising youth, Joaquín didn’t enjoy school. Some sources say that he quit school after third grade, rendering him functionally illiterate. Other sources say he didn’t leave school until the age of 15, dropping out in high school to start a marijuana farm with his cousins. The Guzmán household, although large and rambunctious, didn’t qualify as happy. The cartel leader’s father, Emilio, often abused alcohol. When drunk, he became excessively agitated and violent. The eldest surviving son would often step in to protect his six younger siblings. That meant he often received beatings from his father, and he would often escape to his grandmother Pomposa’s home for peace afterwards.
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