John McAfee’s Death Ruled Suicide, Wife Insists He Was Murdered
Wife claims the note was not in her late husband’s handwriting.
After officials ruled that cybersecurity tycoon John McAfee committed suicide in a Spanish jail cell last year, his wife has mounted an appeal against the court ruling, insisting his death was murder.
On 23rd June, McAfee, 75, was found hanging in his prison cell at Centre Penitenciari Brians 2 in Barcelona, just hours after his extradition to the U.S. was approved.
A court ruling last week confirmed the findings of the original autopsy that McAfee’s death was a suicide.
Spanish authorities said everything at the scene in his cell indicated that the tech mogul killed himself, but his wife Janice disputes that.
A source familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that a suicide note was found in McAfee’s pocket.
McAfee, who founded the eponymous anti-virus software and was worth $4m at the time of his death, wrote:
“I am a phantom parasite. I want to control my future, which does not exist."
Janice claims the note was not in her late husband’s handwriting.
“His last words to me were ‘I love you, and I will call you in the evening,’” she told reporters last year.
“Those words are not words of someone who is suicidal.”
According to the New York Post, just three days before McAfee’s death, his widow had accused the U.S. government of wanting the software entrepreneur to “die in prison” to “make an example of him for speaking out against the corruption within their government agencies.”
McAfee had been even blunter about his conspiracy fears in November 2019 — tweeting a photo of his arm tattoo and predicting that he could be murdered and it would be made to look like suicide.
As Neon Nettle reported at the time:
Social media posts and statements made by McAfee shortly before his death appear to warn that he feared he may be “suicided” - murdered with his death framed to appear as a suicide.
McAfee was found dead in his prison cell in Barcelona only hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the U.S.
The 75-year-old was facing charges of tax evasion and other financial crimes and could have faced up to 30 years in jail.
However, after news broke of his death, the suggestion that McAfee committed suicide has set off many who see a conspiracy.
One 2019 tweet from McAfee, who was known for freely speaking his mind, however outlandishly, warned the former tech mogul was getting “subtle messages” from U.S. government officials that they were going to have him killed and make it look like a suicide.
He even showed off a tattoo, reading “whackd,” which Twitter users began turning into a hashtag, along with #McAfeeDidntKillHimself, shortly after his death was announced.
“Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: ‘We’re coming for you McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself,” he warned.
“I got a tattoo today just in case.”
"If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whacked."