John McAfee’s life was filled with controversy and mystery, and his death has been no different. The notorious tech entrepreneur died in a Spanish prison this week, from what authorities say was a suicide. Investigators say that they have ruled out any possibility of foul play, and have concluded that McAfee hung himself.
The timing of his death seems to support this conclusion, but many of McAfee’s supporters and loved ones are suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his death. A series of cryptic tweets from McAfee and his wife Janice have surfaced since his death that paint a very grim picture of what could have happened.
In a Twitter post shared on Father’s Day, three days before McAfee’s death, Janice posted that a statement saying that “US authorities’ were ‘determined to have John die in prison to make an example of him speaking out against the corruption within their government agencies.”
“John’s honesty has often gotten him in trouble with corrupt governments and corrupt government officials because of his outspoken nature and his refusal to be extorted, intimidated or silenced,” she added.
— Janice McAfee (@theemrsmcafee) June 20, 2021
McAfee himself had previously stated on numerous occasions that the charges against him were politically motivated. He also believed that he would be in prison for the rest of his life if he was convicted in the United States. This is probably true considering that he was 75-years-old and facing serious time. The fact that his death came just hours after his extradition has led many to believe that he would rather die than return to the US, but he was adamant before his death that he would never take his own life.
McAfee was still extremely active on social media during his time in prison, relaying his posts to his wife who then posted them on Twitter.
In a now-deleted tweet from 2020, McAfee referenced the infamous Jeffrey Epstein, who died mysteriously while behind bars. Although Epstein’s death was ruled a suicide, many people believe that he was taken out by the many powerful friends who would have been exposed by his testimony.
Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: "We're coming for you McAfee! We're going to kill yourself". I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn't. I was whackd. Check my right arm.$WHACKD available only on https://t.co/HdSEYi9krq🙂 pic.twitter.com/rJ0Vi2Hpjj
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) November 30, 2019
In his tweet, McAfee said, “Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.”
“I am content in here. I have friends. The food is good. All is well,” he also said at the time.
In another post on June 9, 2019, McAfee posted, “I’ve collected files on corruption in governments. For the first time, I’m naming names and specifics. I’ll begin with a corrupt CIA agent and two Bahamian officials. Coming today. If I’m arrested or disappear, 31+ terabytes of incriminating data will be released to the press.”
Days later he added that “The instant I disappear the information is released. Those named would be crazy to kill me or collect me. They are simply praying I live forever. If it’s released, revenge takes over and I’m dead.”
However, in recent weeks, McAfee’s posts from prison have been more somber, reflecting on his life and his situation in prison.