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John McAfee Found Dead In Spanish Prison: Murder or Suicide?

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McAfee was found dead in his cell in a prison near Barcelona on Wednesday around 1 p.m. ET. The software magnate reportedly died just hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States where he faced tax-related criminal charges.

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Murder Conspiracy Theories

Shortly after reports that John McAfee, the British-American antivirus computer programmer, died by a likely suicide while in a Spanish jail, Twitter users have unearthed McAfee’s 2020 tweet saying, “Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.”

His full tweet, published on Oct. 15, 2020, after his arrest and placement in a Barcelona jail, read, “I am content in here. I have friends. The food is good. All is well. Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.”

The mention of Epstein refers to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire who was found dead and hanging in his New York prison cell. Some believe Epstein was strangled to death and then hung and didn’t die by suicide.

In a bizarre twist, McAfee’s Instagram posted a large “Q” to its account shortly after his death was announced—an apparent nod to the outlandish QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that the world is secretly run by a group of cannibalistic left-wing politicians.

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Authorities said a preliminary investigation determined there were no signs of foul play, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.

According to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, which cited a statement from the Catalan Departamento de Justicia confirming the death, attempts by jail staff to resuscitate McAfee were unsuccessful. Reuters confirmed the department’s statement, which said the death was most likely a suicide.

“John was and will always be remembered as a fighter,” said Nishay K. Sanan, an attorney representing Mr. McAfee in U.S. criminal proceedings. “He tried to love this country but the U.S. Government made his existence impossible.”

“Although John McAfee founded the company, he has not been associated with our company in any capacity for over 25 years,” a McAfee Corp. spokeswoman said via email Wednesday. “That said, our thoughts go to his family and those close to him.”

This Isn’t A Joke: Tech Madman, John McAfee, Arrested In Spain While the US Seeks Extradition

John McAfee, best known as the eccentric founder of McAfee Antivirus software, was arrested in Spain for tax evasion on October 3 at Barcelona airport. McAfee has been accused of failing to file tax returns for the last five years. During this time, he earned millions from “promoting cryptocurrencies, consulting work, speaking engagements and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary,” according to an unsealed indictment filed in June by the US Justice Department.

With John McAfee, You Never Know What’s A Joke

If it was anybody else, we could say it was a joke. However, we are talking about John McAfee, a master manipulator of the media. It is very possible that he did have a Bangkok prostitute do his taxes while he slept with his accountant. This YouTube video was posted by McAfee seven years ago and has over 10 million views. More than likely though, this was just another promotional video designed to boost his Twitter account and to irritate the folks at Intel who bought the company from him for over $7 billion in 2010.

John McAfee Review: The Outrageous Internet Entrepreneur and Prankster

John McAfee, the founder of McAfee Antivirus Software, is in hot water again. On Monday, he was arrested in Spain and faces up to 5 years in federal prison for tax evasion.

After his arrest, prosecutors in Tennessee charged McAfee with additional charges of tax evasion for the last five years. Prosecutors say if convicted on all charges, McAfee could spend up to 30 years in prison.

The SEC Filed Its Own Complaint Against John McAfee

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed their own complaint against McAfee on the same day.

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From at least November 2017 through February 2018, McAfee leveraged his fame to make more than $23.1 million U.S. Dollars (“USD”) in undisclosed compensation by recommending at least seven “initial coin offerings” or ICOs to his Twitter followers.

  • When directly asked if he was being paid for these promotions, McAfee lied to investors by falsely denying he was being paid by the issuers.
  • In reality, McAfee’s tweets were paid promotions disguised as impartial investment advice.
  • To cash out, McAfee encouraged investors to purchase the securities sold in certain of the ICOs without disclosing that he was simultaneously trying to sell his own holdings and had paid another third-party promoter to tout the securities.
  • McAfee engaged in a practice known as “scalping” as to at least one digital asset security, by accumulating large amounts of the digital asset security and touting it on Twitter without disclosing his intent to sell it.

Janice McAfee Sends Out A Very “UnMcAfee-Like” Tweet

Janice McAfee (McAfee’s wife), who goes by the Twitter handle @theemrsmcafee, went live on Twitter almost immediately after the McAfee arrest in Spain, with a post to his 1 million-plus followers. Janice is clearly not in a joking mood.

My statement on John’s detainment. pic.twitter.com/VU0WpUGp6R— Janice McAfee (@theemrsmcafee) October 6, 2020

John McAfee Is No Stranger To Controversy

McAfee on Taxes

John McAfee has always contended that taxes are illegal and claimed in 2019 that he hasn’t filed a tax return since 2010. He took pride in being an IRS target.

McAfee on Bitcoin

On July 17, 2017, McAfee falsely predicted the price of Bitcoin would rise to $500,000 in three years and didn’t honor his Twitter promise.

if not, I will eat my dick on national television.— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 17, 2017

McAfee Accused of Murder in Belize

On November 12, 2012, Gregory Faull (McAfee’s neighbor in Belize) was murdered. McAfee immediately went into hiding and was declared by the Belize authorities as a “person of interest.” McAfee then fled to Guatemala, was arrested a few weeks later, faked a heart attack, and was denied political asylum.

You can’t make this stuff up!

John McAfee, An Overview

The man behind the first commercial antivirus software McAfee, John David McAfee, was born on September 18, 1945, from an English mother and an American father. British-American computer programmer with a keen interest in cybersecurity and prolific businessman, McAfee founded his first software company, McAfee Associates, in 1987. The company continues to produce security software solutions long after McAfee resigned. The business also retained his iconic brand name after the departure of its founder, and even through multiple owners by Intel in 2011 and TPG Capital since 2017. 

After his departure from McAfee Associates in 1994, John McAfee founded several cybersecurity and computing businesses, including Tribal Voice, which went on creating one of the first instant messaging programs, PowWow, and Future Tense Central. During that time, John McAfee’s wealth peaked at $100million, but the financial crisis of 2007-2008 affected his fortune. McAfee’s wealth is now estimated to be $4 million. He has been invited to the leadership roles of many computing technology companies, including MGT Capital Investment and Everykey. John McAfee was the CEO of Luxcore from 2018 to 2019 before leaving the U.S. He has lived several years in Belize, where he founded an all-natural antibiotics company, QuorumEx, before heading back to the U.S. in 2013. 

Passionate by smartphone apps, cybersecurity, cryptocurrency technology, and health yoga and all-natural antibiotics, John McAfee often turns his personal interests into business opportunities. Since 2016, he has been an active political activist with the Libertarian Party, as he campaigned for its nomination for the President of the United States 2016 election but lost to rival and former New Mexico governor, Gary Johnson. 

Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

John McAfee Calls Coronavirus a Sino-US Conspiracy. On a March 12, 2020 podcast, McAfee stated:

Look at the death rate outside of the cities. It is 0.16%. What’s the death rate from flu type A and B? 0.17%, so it (Coronavirus) is slightly less deadly than the flu. Please God, this is a false flag if there’s ever been one! What might happen, is a crackdown in China of monumental totalitarian proportions, 1984 type shit, where everybody is rounded up. No one’s allowed to talk, no one’s allowed in, no one’s allowed out. Or it maybe this is a joint venture (between China and the US).

Personal Life and Interest in Antivirus Software

John McAfee was born in England, where his U.S. Army base father was stationed. As a result, he has often stated that he feels both British and American, even though he has spent the major part of his life in the U.S., Salem, Virginia, where he was raised. 

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In 1967, John McAfee received his Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Roanoke College. He joined NASA’s Institute for Space Studies in New York City as a programmer the following year. But it’s only in the 1980s that his interest in antivirus software solutions arose as he received a copy of the first computer virus for MS-DOS, Brain. In 1987, McAfee founded McAfee Associates and commercialized the first antivirus software solution, McAfee. However, he resigned from the company in 1994 after it was incorporated in Delaware and sold his remaining stake. McAfee Associates retained the name of its founder throughout mergers and joint ventures.

It was announced in 2014 that McAfee-related products were to be marketed as Intel Security. John McAfee welcomed the news, thanking Intel “for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet” in an interview with BBC News. The business, however, has remained under the name McAfee. 

His position as the person responsible for developing the first commercial antivirus program has made him, in his words, “the most popular hacking target”, according to an interview in the Mensa Bulletin, January 2012. As a result, McAfee uses extensive cybersecurity strategies, including changing his I.P. address several times a day and entrusting the purchase of his computer equipment to others. He has also stated that he doesn’t use the McAfee antivirus software. 


After McAfee Associates: Belize and Cybersecurity

After his departure from McAfee Associates, John McAfee founded a series of business ventures focusing on computing technology, including Tribal Voice. He maintained a strong interest in cybersecurity throughout his career. After the launch of PowWow by Tribal Voice, he joined the board of firewall software business, Zone Labs. 

He interrupted his business pursuit of cybersecurity when he moved to Belize, where he started an all-natural antibiotics company using anti-quorum technology. He was forced to flee Belize in 2012 when he feared for his life in the hands of the Belizean authorities. He sought political asylum in Guatemala and was momentarily held in a Guatemalan detention center. He re-entered the U.S. soil in December 2012. A film, titled King of the Jungle, has been in discussion since 2017 to illustrate John McAfee’s life in Belize. 

In 2013, McAfee started Future Tense Central with the goal of producing a secure computer network device, D-Central. He then used the company to develop his interest in smartphone applications. In 2016, after he joined the security startup, Everykey, John McAfee used his app knowledge to create a publicity stunt during which he claimed he could decrypt the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooters.

After he was appointed CEO of MGT Capital Investment, in May 2006, he changed the focus of the company to cybersecurity, using another publicity stunt during which he claimed he could exploit a flaw in the Android operating system to read encrypted Whatsapp messages. He also spent his time as the head of MGT to develop the expertise of the business regarding blockchain systems for cybersecurity. However, he left the company in 2018 on amicable terms. 

From 2018 to 2019, he has been the CEO of Lyxcore, a cryptocurrency company that dedicates its solutions to support other businesses. In January 2019, John McAfee announced he was living internationally on a boat to avoid the U.S. authorities following suspected IRS charges. 

The Political Interests of John McAfee

On the political front, John McAfee identifies as a libertarian and campaigned for the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party in 2016. He lost to rival Gary Johnson but has announced plans to run for president in the 2020 presidential election in a campaign formally launched in June 2018. His primary campaign focuses on promoting the use of cryptocurrencies and increasing cyber awareness. John McAfee has stated that he will seek the nomination of the Libertarian party, but he doesn’t exclude forming his own party. He has relocated his political headquarters to Cuba, where his defense of Che Guevara put him at odds with the Libertarian Party. 

He is married to Janice Dyson, a former prostitute he met in December 2012 when he re-entered the U.S. territory. Over 30 years his junior, Janice McAfee supports his presidential campaign and is the director of media relations in John McAfee’s 2020 United States presidential election.