Posted From: Fashionado Magazine
Author Dan “Tito” Davis comes from a town in South Dakota that’s so small everyone knows their neighbor’s cat’s name. But once he got out, he made some noise. While at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, he started manufacturing White Crosses, aka speed, and soon had the Banditos Motorcycle Club distributing ten million pills a week.
˃˃˃ Life On The Run
After serving a nickel, he got into the weed game, but just when he got going, he was set up by a childhood friend. Facing 30 years, Davis slipped into Mexico, not knowing a word of Spanish, which began a 13-year odyssey that led him to an underground hideout for a Medellin cartel, through the jungles of the Darien Gap, the middle of Mumbai’s madness, and much more.
˃˃˃ The Ultimate Fugitive Story
Tito didn’t have a mega-mansion filled with pretty girls and expensive cars. He survived in the Third World facing adversity at every turn. Millions of dollars came and went as Tito stayed one step ahead of the Feds and the Federales.
˃˃˃ A Must Read Provocative Page Turner!
We had a chance to meet up with Dan Tito Davis for an exclusive interview about his book, Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive. This is what he shared up with us.
You were ‘Exposed’, literally, to everyone in the world on your crimes, you fled and became a fugitive. Somehow you managed to escape and then when things settled down the US Government kidnapped you and made you serve 20 years in the most grueling places on Earth. How do you cope with moving on after so many years?
Lots of things have changed in 22 years. I missed an entire generation. Technology and culture have changed so much. When it comes to coping and moving on, you have to go forward. Never go back. Things are always 20/20 hindsight looking from the rear view mirror but this isn’t helpful for creating your future. You need to set goals and think positively. Work every day on that goal, do your homework and go for it. You need to reinvent yourself. I’m keeping my sanity by promoting my book and story to reintegrate into society. If you’re just some ex-con who just got out of jail, no one wants anything to do with you. But when you exit jail as an author with a #1 best selling book on Amazon, you become a minor celebrity and it opens so many doors. I’m very grateful and optimistic about my future.
You are now free and living life again. A breath of fresh air in a world that is always changing. What is it like to be touring the world on a book tour?
I left prison with $50 in my pocket and a story. I’m very fortunate and thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had because of the response to the book. I’m having a great time running around the planet promoting my book. I’ve met so many people and done so many promotions, I’ve met everyone from the Dalai Lama to film producers in Bollywood. It’s been incredible smiling, shaking hands and making so many connections across the globe because of my life story.
Gringo is amazing. It has changed so many lives and the effects are being seen all over the world. What do you want the fans of fayettelifeandbiz to know most about Gringo and about your life?
Gringo isn’t a book about drugs. When the Dalai Lama asked me what my book was about, I told him “Your Holiness! My book is exactly about what you are preaching. It’s about hope perseverance and survival.” He put his forehead to mine, held up my book and said “Those are very important qualities.” That is what I’m trying to do with this book. Never give up. Persevere. Always go forward. Never look back. Always seek positivity and get through the dark times. Perspective is everything and it makes everything possible. Dig deep because with positive thinking comes positive results.
What’s next for you now that your book is getting so much traction? Perhaps a movie or a sequel to the book?
It’s only a matter of time before Gringo becomes a movie or mini series. It’s all there. The action, the plot, the plethora of unique characters. I mean my life is non-fiction and it reads crazier than most fiction books! Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. I’ve written over 800 pages of material of which 300 made the cut for the book. We’ve talked with some of Brad Pitt’s production people as well as Mark Wahlberg’s agent and some people at Netflix. It is just a matter of time at this point, everything is there and I’ve built an incredible team to assist me with strengthening my personal brand and infrastructure with a travel blog at my website DanTitoDavis.com and a forthcoming podcast with some amazing guests! I’m looking forward to the future.
What was it like living on the run? Did you ever think you would be captured, especially after owning your hotel and living the dream in a beautiful country?
I can say that it was NO FUN being on the run. You’re lonely, you’re out there, you can’t tell anyone who you are, and you begin to not even know who you really are You have to keep track of so many identities depending on when and where you are. There are so many complications.
By the time I had settled down in Venezuela, I was living the dream. I had a beautiful Venezuelan wife, a booming resort, and a fulfilling hobby with windsurfing. But when you become too comfortable when you’re a fugitive, this is when the bad situations begin. I wasn’t listening to my gut.
I didn’t think that I was a big enough fish for them to pursue me, let alone make me a victim of an illegal state-sanctioned rendition through kidnapping. The only reason it happened was because I was a big fish to a small state. I was indicted in South Dakota and Wyoming so to those U.S. Marshals I was definitely a priority. If I had been in California, Florida, or New York they would have forgotten about me and my case would have just gotten lost in the files. I was fortunate enough to be able to obtain intel from the freedom of information act. I found out that every 90 days they were ‘on me’, and that my FBI file was over 6000 pages long. A few times they thought they had me for bribing people in Mexico. They thought they had me again in Belize and another time in Costa Rica. Then they lost me for 10 years. Then a friend’s wife gave me up and it all came crashing down. This whole story is laid out in detail in my book.