Disgraced cybersecurity tycoon John McAfee commits suicide in Spanish jail cell, court order

Disgraced cybersecurity tycoon John McAfee commits suicide in Spanish jail cell, court order

Disgraced cybersecurity tycoon John McAfee committed suicide in a cell in a Spanish prison, the court ruled, but his ex-wife has already filed an appeal, insisting the death was a homicide.

McAfee, 75, was found hanged in his prison cell at Center Penitenciari Brians 2 in Barcelona on June 23, just hours after his extradition to the US was approved.

A court ruling last week confirmed the findings of the original autopsy that McAfee’s death was a suicide, MarketWatch reported on Monday.

Spanish authorities have previously said everything at the scene in his cell indicates that the tech mogul did indeed take his own life, but his ex-wife Janice disputes this.

An official source familiar with the investigation also told the Associated Press that a suicide note was found in McAfee’s pocket.

The tech entrepreneur who founded the antivirus software of the same name but was worth just $4 million at the time of his death wrote: “I am a phantom parasite. I want to control my future, which doesn’t exist.” Janice says she doesn’t believe the note was handwritten by her late ex.

And tweets he sent comparing himself to Jeffrey Epstein, whose suicide in prison in 2019 fueled conspiracy theories, further fueled suspicions about the nature of his death.

For seven months, McAfee’s body had been in the freezer of the prison morgue since his death. Last year, McAfee’s ex-wife, Janice McAfee, demanded a “thorough investigation” into his death, saying her husband was not suicidal when they last spoke.

McAfee, who was found dead in his Spanish prison cell in June awaiting extradition to the United States, committed suicide, a court ruled last week.

McAfee, who was found dead in his Spanish prison cell in June awaiting extradition to the United States, committed suicide, a court ruled last week.

“His last words to me were: ‘I love you and I’ll call you tonight,'” she told reporters outside a prison in Barcelona after collecting her husband’s things in June.

McAfee’s body remained in the prison morgue for seven months during an ongoing investigation into the cause of death, as his ex-wife and his daughter, named only “Jen” due to her confidentiality, fought a legal battle over his remains.

Following a decision on McAfee’s cause of death last week, it’s unclear when his body could be moved from the prison morgue, where it has been since his death.

Janice’s attorney, Joy Athanasiou, told MarketWatch that she hopes to meet with Javier Villalba, Janice McAfee’s attorney, on Monday to discuss the case.

“At this point, we don’t know much beyond the solution,” Athanasiou told MarketWatch. “It was a long and strange process.”

McAfee was arrested at a Barcelona airport in October 2020 on a warrant issued by Tennessee prosecutors seeking up to three decades in prison for alleged tax evasion of more than $4 million.

The prison where he was found dead held other notorious prisoners, including the mastermind behind one of Catalonia’s biggest corruption schemes and a former Barcelona official.

McAfee said it was like a Hilton when compared to US prisons.

McAfee appeared in a video conference during his extradition hearing at the Audiencia Nacional in Madrid, Spain in June, shortly before his death.

McAfee appeared in a video conference during his extradition hearing at the Audiencia Nacional in Madrid, Spain in June, shortly before his death.

It was also reported that his daughter and his ex-wife Janice (pictured with McAfee) are involved in a legal battle over a corpse that has been ongoing since McAfee was found hanged in a Spanish cell on June 23 last year - hours after his death. of death.  extradition to the United States was approved.

It was also reported that his daughter and his ex-wife Janice (pictured with McAfee) are involved in a legal battle over a corpse that has been ongoing since McAfee was found hanged in a Spanish cell on June 23 last year – hours after his death. of death. extradition to the United States was approved.

McAfee called the prison (pictured) a

McAfee called the prison (pictured) a “polite society” where, he said, the cell is open twice a day for 30 minutes, but no one enters uninvited.

John McAfee was found in his cell at Center Penitenciari Brians 2 in Barcelona.

John McAfee was found in his cell at Center Penitenciari Brians 2 in Barcelona.

While in some countries the inquest into causes of death is conducted and determined by coroners, in Spain death reports are issued within the judiciary, presided over by a judge.

Meanwhile, McAfee’s ex-wife, his daughter, continues to fight for possession of his remains.

Jen reportedly wanted her father’s body to be cremated and sent to the US, but has since dropped her demands to prevent further delays in her father’s funeral.

It is not known exactly why Janice wants to take over the tycoon’s body, but a July 2021 Money Trading Club report claimed the dispute was related to an inheritance.

In addition to the authorities, McAfee’s family is also interested in the property, including Janice, who insists that his death could not have been a suicide, as the Spanish authorities have established.

The report also states that Janice McAfee initially claimed to be his wife despite the fact that they were divorced, while the daughter, who is said to be from McAfee’s first marriage and is now in her 50s, claims to be his only biological daughter, despite McAfee previously claiming to have at least 47 descendants.

British-born McAfee, who gave his name to the world’s first commercial anti-virus software, has previously been called “the craziest man in technology.”

The body of tech mogul John McAfee (pictured in 2018) lay in a Spanish mortuary for seven months following his suicide in prison.

The body of tech mogul John McAfee (pictured in 2018) lay in a Spanish mortuary for seven months following his suicide in prison.

The prime minister of Belize, where McAfee became an international fugitive and built a fortified home, was more direct, calling him a “lunatic”.

He revealed how much he squandered his fortune in an interview with Mark Eglinton, a writer who wrote a book about an eccentric millionaire’s attempt to escape arrest by US federal agents.

According to Eglinton’s book, John McAfee squandered his $100 million fortune on “fancy” mansions and really went bankrupt when he died in a Spanish prison.

Eglinton, who partnered with McAfee for six months while on the run from authorities, told DailyMail.com last year that he thought McAfee was indeed penniless, citing his personal experience with the criminal and extensive interviews. with him.

Eglinton, whose book No Domain: The John McAfee Tapes documents his extensive interviews with the perpetrator, said McAfee was unable to pay what he was asking for a planned collaboration that Eglinton would be solely authoring.

“I have no doubt that if he could help, he would,” Eglinton said of the modest advance he requested. “He said, ‘I can’t do this, my financial situation is worse than yours.’

A book was released last month detailing McAfee’s near-fantastic exploits in his later years, the content of which has been vehemently denied by his family.

McAfee was arrested at a Barcelona airport in October 2020 on a warrant issued by Tennessee prosecutors seeking up to three decades in prison for alleged tax evasion of more than $4 million.

The day before he was found dead, the Spanish National Court announced that it would agree to his extradition to the United States, but the decision was not final.

“We already had a plan of action to appeal this decision,” Janice McAfee told reporters at the time. “I blame the US authorities for this tragedy: because of these politically motivated accusations against him, my husband is now dead.

McAfee and his wife Janice were active on social media while he was on the run.  They are shown in one picture, which he described as depicting them

McAfee and his wife Janice were active on social media while he was on the run. They are shown in one picture, which he described as depicting them “in their hideout”.

“I don’t believe he did it, I will get answers,” she said.

The couple met in 2012 in Miami and married the following year. According to Janice McAfee, John McAfee had several children from previous relationships.

The entrepreneur was unrelated to the companies that purchased the anti-virus software he created after he sold his shares in the 1990s. This early success made McAfee rich and followed him in his troubled biography.

In 2012, he was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of a neighbor in Belize, but was never charged with the crime. The controversy hasn’t stopped him from running for president of the United States starting in 2016.

But recent tax troubles have kept him away from the US, the country where the British entrepreneur grew up and found his early success.

A 2020 Tennessee prosecutor’s indictment revealed that the tycoon allegedly failed to declare income earned from promoting cryptocurrencies, attending speeches and selling the rights to a documentary about his busy life.

McAfee’s social media posts indicate that he has chosen the spa town in northeastern Spain as his base in Europe since at least the end of 2019.

The Bryans 2 prison complex, seen from above, also housed the mastermind behind one of the largest schemes in the country, as well as the former president of Barcelona.

The Bryans 2 prison complex, seen from above, also housed the mastermind behind one of the largest schemes in the country, as well as the former president of Barcelona.

The prison holds up to 1,500 prisoners.

The prison holds up to 1,500 prisoners.

Disgraced cybersecurity tycoon John McAfee commits suicide in Spanish jail cell, court order

John McAfee said before he died that the Spanish prison he was in was like a luxury hotel compared to American prisons.

It's in the corridors of the Bryans 2 prison complex in Barcelona.

It’s in the corridors of the Bryans 2 prison complex in Barcelona.

The judge of the National Court said that John McAfee did not provide any evidence to support his claims of political persecution.

Spanish authorities insist there was no evidence of foul play, but McAfee’s previous tweets that he would never kill himself “à la Epstein” are fueling conspiracy theories.

“I am happy here. I have friends. The food is good. Things are good. Know that if I hang myself like Epstein, it won’t be my fault,” McAfee tweeted on Oct. 15.

In addition, just minutes after his death was announced, an image of the letter “Q” was posted on his official Instagram account, a clear reference to QAnon.

Several wild conspiracy theories have surfaced since then, including the idea that a tech guru activated a so-called “dead man’s switch” to expose the government.

Theorists suggest that McAfee’s cryptic “Q” post on Instagram minutes after his death may indicate hidden encryption.

“Dead Man’s Switch” is activated when the owner of the device dies.

For confidential support in the UK, call Samaritans on 116123 or visit samaritans.org. For confidential support in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.

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